The war in Afghanistan is complicated. The current U.S. strategy
of counterinsurgency (or "COIN") calls for defending and winning
over the local population. But the previous strategy under President Bush, and more recently advocated by Vice President Biden, emphasized counterterrorism (or "CT"), calling for a smaller presence and an emphasis
on targeting only high-value terrorists. Then there are the complex
issues of civilian casualties
, the habeas corpus rights of detainees, the vigilante-like "Bin Laden hunter
" Gary Faulkner,
What could we possibly use to understand these
infinitely complicated, interrelated issues? How about Harry Potter, the series of
children's novels about a young British wizard? This bunch of
Twitter-happy South Asia experts have decided to run with it:
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