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Pulitzer Center Update December 22, 2009

Nir Rosen responds to critics

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Nir Rosen embedded with American troops in Afghanistan to observe the COIN strategy first-hand, and...

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Nathalie Applewhite, Pulitzer Center

In his Boston Review article, "Something from Nothing: U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan," Pulitzer Center journalist Nir Rosen argues that counterinsurgency doesn't make sense. It asks soldiers, concerned primarily with survival, to be Wyatt Earp and Mother Theresa.

This forum, unveiled over the next several days, showcases critiques of the piece and Rosen's response. Among the six participating critics are Helena Cobban, asserting that Rosen's analysis neglects to account for U.S. domestic politics, and Andrew Exum, arguing that the Central Asian conflict likely marks the end of an era of counterinsurgency as a form of warfare.

View the forum as it appears on BostonReview.com.

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