The Great Debate

Obama, Karzai and an Afghan mirage

By Bernd Debusmann
May 14, 2010

Last year, under the leadership of President Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan slipped three places on a widely respected international index of corruption and became the world’s second-most corrupt country. It now ranks 179th out of 180, a place long held by Somalia.

Dirty money and the war in Afghanistan

By Bernd Debusmann
March 19, 2010

In a long report on the war in Afghanistan for the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Foreign Relations last summer, one sentence stood out: “If we don’t get a handle on the money, we will lose this war to corruption.”

American intelligence and fortune-telling

By Bernd Debusmann
January 7, 2010

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Burning borrowed money in America’s wars

By Bernd Debusmann
December 17, 2009

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War and Peace, by Barack Obama

By Bernd Debusmann
December 3, 2009

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Afghanistan: the Gods of war

November 27, 2009

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India and Pakistan: the missing piece in the Afghan jigsaw

November 26, 2009

One year ago, I asked whether then President-elect Barack Obama's plans for Afghanistan still made sense after the Mumbai attacks torpedoed hopes of a regional settlement involving Pakistan and India. The argument, much touted during Obama's election campaign, was that a peace deal with India would convince Pakistan to turn decisively on Islamist militants, thereby bolstering the United States flagging campaign in Afghanistan.

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Keeping India out of Afghanistan

November 23, 2009

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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is in the United States for the first official state visit by any foreign leader since President Barack Obama took office this year. While the atmospherics are right, and the two leaders probably won't be looking as stilted as Obama and China's President Hu Jintao appeared to be during Obama's trip last week (for the Indians are rarely short on conversation), there is a sense of unease.

How to finance the war in Afghanistan?

November 20, 2009

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America’s perennial Vietnam syndrome

By Bernd Debusmann
November 13, 2009

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