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Obama's Afghanistan Plan and the Realities of Withdrawal

The beginning of the drawdown of U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan will entail opportunities for the Taliban on the battlefield as forces fall back to a more limited and more secure presence. (With STRATFOR maps)

New Mexican President, Same Cartel War?

No matter who wins the 2012 election, Calderon's successor will have little choice but to maintain the campaign against the Mexican cartels.

Al Qaeda's New Video: A Message of Defeat

Careful examination of a video recently released by al Qaeda's media arm reveals far more than just fodder for the U.S. gun-control debate.

Corruption: Why Texas Is Not Mexico

In a borderland with many common traits, there are still huge differences between the cultural, economic and security environments north and south.

Al Qaeda's Leadership in Yemen

U.S.-born member of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula Anwar al-Awlaki is often portrayed in the media as the head of the franchise, which he clearly is not.

Bin Laden's Death and the Implications for Jihadism

The death of former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden probably will have very little practical impact on the jihadist movement. The reaction of the Pakistani government and the Pakistani public to the raid will be more significant.

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