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Leaving Afghanistan: Pulling out without Pulling the Rug out

February 2020

/*-->*/ The United States must at some point depart from Afghanistan and bring this costly “forever war” to a conclusion. With over 2,400 U.S.

What we learned from the Afghanistan Papers

December 2019

/*-->*/ On Monday, The Washington Post published an extensive analysis based on documents containing interviews with more than 400 people involved in the U.S. war in Afghanistan.

The U.S. drone war in Pakistan revisited

November 2018

Many analysts, practitioners, and scholars are skeptical of the efficacy of drone strikes for counterterrorism, suggesting that they provide short-term gains at best and are counterproductive at...

Afghanistan: When the Price of Education is Life

April 2017

Erik Jensen is professor of the practice, director of the Rule of Law Program at Stanford Law School, and affiliated core faculty member at CDDRL.

Russian policy toward Afghanistan is precarious

August 2015

Russian leaders are grappling with difficult and complex foreign policy choices on Afghanistan in the wake of the U.S.

Eikenberry on civil-military relations at Aspen Ideas Festival 2015

July 2015

On Tuesday, June 30, CDDRL Affiliated Scholar and former U.S.

CDDRL co-hosts conference on state-strengthening in Afghanistan

March 2015

The Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL), in partnership with Chatham House and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), recently held a conference on state...

Eikenberry trains East Africa’s rising military leaders

March 2015

Karl Eikenberry recently returned from a visit to Rwanda where he lectured military and policy officials from across East Africa at the Rwanda Defence Force Command and Staff College (RDFCSC)....

Felter: Insurgents attack aid programs to undermine governments

July 2014

Research by CISAC Senior Research Scholar Joe Felter shows that insurgents try to derail government-delivered aid programs in poor areas because they fear successful programs will boost the...

FSI scholars call advances of Islamic militants in Iraq stunning

June 2014

Karl Eikenberry tells ABC News (Australia) that the advances of the Islamic militants in Iraq in the last week have been stunning.

The American Calculus of Military Intervention

May 2014

Military interventions have traditionally been a source of controversy in the United States.

The American Calculus of Military Intervention

May 2014

Debates on military intervention are complicated by a network of political, security and economic interests that must be balanced when contemplating this option.

Eikenberry: Afghan security forces performed well during elections

April 2014

Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry, a William J.

Faculty Spotlight: Donald K. Emmerson

March 2014

Donald K. Emmerson reflects on his 15 years at Stanford and speaks about his life and career beyond academia, highlighting his initial draw to Southeast Asia and penchant for the Socratic discourse.

Listen to FSI's Karl Eikenberry's take on U.S. foreign policy today

March 2014

FSI fellow and former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry talks to WUNC North Carolina Public Radio about the current state of American foreign policy.

Career diplomat reflects, emphasizes complexity of statecraft

February 2014

Stephen Bosworth, a visiting lecturer at FSI in residence at Shorenstein APARC, discusses his career in the U.S.

Eikenberry: Counterinsurgency fails in Afghanistan

August 2013

The counterinsurgency plan in Afghanistan hinged on the assumption that the U.S.

Addressing the Accountability Gap in Statebuilding: The Case of Afghanistan

July 2013

Ten years after President Bush attempted to reduce U.S.

War film highlights military action of one CISAC fellow

July 2013

"The Hornet's Nest," a new documentary about a particularly deadly battle in Afghanistan, gives us a rare look at the front-line work of CISAC military fellow, U.S. Army Col. J.B.

Stanford scholars: Lessons learned from the Afghanistan War

May 2013

With the Taliban now open to peace talks, a political end to the war in Afghanistan appears in sight.

CISAC Administrative Manager Homidi’s long road to Stanford

April 2013

Ahmad Homidi's unassuming manner belies the turmoil he lived through as a child.


Joseph Felter Lecturer
Erik Jensen Senior Research Scholar, CDDRL Professor of the Practice, Law
Stephen D. Krasner Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Brett McGurk Lecturer
Robert Rakove Affiliate
Philip Reiner Philip J. Reiner Affiliate