Foreign Press Center Briefing With Ambassador James F. Dobbins, Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Washington, DC. September 16, 2013.
Ambassador James F. Dobbins, Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, briefs at the Washington Foreign Press Center on “Current U.S. Policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan.”
http://fpc.state.gov/214229.htm [HTML format + Video, 23:12]
The White House, Office of the Press Secretary. June 18, 2013.
“PRESIDENT OBAMA: I just had an excellent conversation with President Hollande and at the end of G8. It’s very important and appropriate that the United States meet with our oldest ally, France. And obviously, we coordinate on a whole range of international issues. And the bilateral relationship is as strong as ever. The topics that we covered were wide ranging.”
Center for a New American Security. May 31, 2013.
Former ISAF commander, General John Allen, USMC (Ret.), former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy and Brookings Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon challenge the perception that Afghanistan is a lost cause and urge Washington to “adequately resource” its current policy toward the country in Toward a Successful Outcome in Afghanistan. Based on their recent experiences and observations in Afghanistan, the authors say they were buoyed by “the impressive progress” of the Afghan security forces and the “significant strides” made in many other areas. They caution the Obama Administration and its international partners against accelerating disengagement prior to 2014 and under-resourcing their commitment to Afghanistan after 2014. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
http://www.cnas.org/files/documents/publications/CNAS_Afghanistan_Flournoy_Voices.pdf [PDF format, 16 pages].
Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA). May 10, 2013.
From the crucible of more than a decade of continuous combat operations, Special Operations Forces (SOF) have emerged as one of the most cost-effective “weapons systems” in the U.S. military arsenal and a major source of strategic advantage for the nation. How can the United States capitalize on such development and extend the SOF’s strategic advantage well into the future? [Note: contains copyrighted material].
http://www.csbaonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/SOF-Report-CSBA-Final.pdf [PDF format, 144 pages].
RAND Corporation. March 19, 2013.
Testimony presented Seth G. Jones before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Joint Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa and Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific on March 19, 2013. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/testimonies/CT300/CT382/RAND_CT382.pdf [PDF format, 13 pages].