Shaping the War in Afghanistan

The Situation in the Spring of 2010

As General McChrystal has stated, the steady deterioration that has taken place since 2003 seems to have halted. ISAF and the Afghan government have begun to implement a strategy, new ISAF and Afghan resources are being deployed, and a more integrated civil-military effort is just beginning to take place in the field. The battle of Marja is the first major test of this strategy. This briefing details the political-military situation in Afghanistan going into the Spring of 2010. “Shaping the War in Afghanistan: The Situation in the Spring of 2010” can be downloaded here:

Anthony H. Cordesman

Anthony H. Cordesman

Former Emeritus Chair in Strategy