Micah Zenko

Politics, Power, and Preventive Action

Zenko covers the U.S. national security debate and offers insight on developments in international security and conflict prevention.

The End of Drone Strikes in Afghanistan and Pakistan?

by Micah Zenko Friday, April 6, 2012
An armed Reaper drone prepares for takeoff in Afghanistan. An armed Reaper drone prepares for takeoff in Afghanistan.

Nine days ago, I wrote a piece for Foreign Policy online, “We Can’t Drone Our Way to Victory in Afghanistan,” in which I detailed a range of host-nation rules that govern the behavior of U.S. military forces stationed in foreign countries. Read more »

Ask the Experts: Will America ‘Win’ in Afghanistan?

by Micah Zenko Tuesday, April 3, 2012
An Afghan National army soldier keeps watch as a U.S. helicopter flies overhead in Khan Neshin district of Helmand province (Courtesy Reuters/Ahmad Masood). An Afghan National army soldier keeps watch as a U.S. helicopter flies overhead in Khan Neshin district of Helmand province (Courtesy Reuters/Ahmad Masood).

Last fall, a two-part question circulated throughout the Pentagon: Can the United States win in Afghanistan? Will the United States win in Afghanistan?

In this case, “win” meant accomplishing the strategic objectives of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, as presented in President Obama’s December 2009 speech at West Point: disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan through “a military effort to create the conditions for a transition; a civilian surge that reinforces positive action; and an effective partnership with Pakistan.” Read more »

Guest Post: Scientists Report on the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty

by Monday, April 2, 2012
The National Ignition Facility at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California provides scientists unprecedented experimental access to the physics of nuclear weapons in support of the nation's Stockpile Stewardship Program (Courtesy Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory). The National Ignition Facility at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California provides scientists unprecedented experimental access to the physics of nuclear weapons in support of the nation's Stockpile Stewardship Program (Courtesy Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory).

This is a guest post by CFR senior fellow Frank Klotz.

The National Research Council (NRC) released its long-awaited update on the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) last Friday. Given the renown of the scientists and former officials who authored the report, it is likely to have an important impact on the longstanding debate over whether the United States should ratify the CTBT. Read more »