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The war on terror in Afghanisatan: Lessons in counterterrorism policy

Phil was invited to the Realpolitik podcast. Listen to this chat on the war on terror and lessons in counterterrorism policy

The War in Afghanistan was a conflict that took unfolded over two decades, from 2001 to 2021. It began when the United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan and toppled the Taliban-ruled Islamic Emirate. The war ended with the Taliban regaining power after a nearly twenty-year insurgency against allied NATO and Afghan Armed Forces. It was the longest war in United States history, surpassing the Vietnam War (1955–1975) by approximately five months. Was it all for naught?

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Realpolitik is a podcast where we gather to respond to pressing issues in global affairs by prescribing realistic foreign policy solutions for the governments of Canada and the United States.

Striking the adequate balance between strict fiscal conservatism, pure nonintervention and the idealistic preservation of global human rights, prosperity and security has been a topic of contention in international relations intelligentsia for many decades, and will be the aim of our policy prescriptions. Foreign policy-making is, like global politics, highly nuanced and complicated, and requires circumstantial rather than absolute goals and methods.

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An End to the War on Terrorism

2018 Phil Gurski

Why are we still at ‘war’ with terror 16 years after 9/11?

This book will discuss what we have collectively done well, what we have done poorly, what we have yet to try and how we get to the point where terrorism does not dominate public discourse and cause disproportionate fear around the world.

By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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