Tag Archives: afghanistan

On Pakistan

Just got finished reading an excellent essay by Bill Keller (who has transitioned nicely from NY times Executive Editor to a writer again) on the extremely complex US/Pakistani relationship. I’ve posted a few times about that relationship, and argued many times with Rindy–on the blog, by email, over drinks, we may have even text-argued about […]

Richard Holbrooke and the U.S. Strategy for Pakistan & Afghanistan

I attended a talk yesterday at the Council on Foreign Relations on U.S. strategy for Pakistan and Afghanistan. The talk was started by acknowledging the loss of Richard Holbrooke, the legendary diplomat whose last position was as a special envoy to the Af/Pak region. I posted a while ago about a talk I attended, also […]

Drone Attacks, Mapped on Google

Whatever your position on the American drone attacks in Pakistan (and mine is that they are a horrendous abuse of human rights, for what it’s worth), this Google-Maps project from Peter Bergen and Katherine Tiedemann of the New America Foundation is a good example of leveraging the power of technology to share information. As they […]

Richard Holbrooke at the Council on Foreign Relations

I went to a talk last night by Richard Holbrooke at the Council on Foreign Relations in DC last night. My firm is a member and I attend these events regularly in NY and last night was one of my favorites. Holbrooke is one of the most polished diplomats I’ve heard speak and he spoke […]


Thinking a lot this weekend about Afghanistan. I just finished Dexter Filkin’s excellent book, “The Forever War“, and read the piece Filkin’s also had in this weekend’s NY Times Magazine on General Stanley McChrystal, who is in charge of the war in Afghanistan. He is requesting at least another 40,000 troops to win the war […]