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U.S. Army Col. Robert M. Cassidy, Ph.D., is a military professor with the U.S. Naval War College's Joint Military Operations Department.NEWPORT, R.I. - U.S. Army Col. Robert M. Cassidy, Ph.D., delivered an address entitled “Afghanistan: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” to the Des Moines Committee on Foreign Relations in Des Moines, Iowa, on Sept. 15. 

A military professor with the U.S. Naval War College's Joint Military Operations Department and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies, Dr. Cassidy discussed insights at the strategic and operational levels of the war from his service in Afghanistan last year. He provided a historical overview, explained the regional context of the war, reviewed the insurgencies in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and offered some observations on the momentum and impediments evident in the Afghan War. 

The Des Moines Committee on Foreign Relations (DMCFR) is dedicated to advancing public dialogue on foreign relations. 

Cassidy has published a number of articles on irregular warfare and is the author of three books that include Peacekeeping in the Abyss and Counterinsurgency and the Global War on Terror. The Marine Corps University Press will publish Cassidy’s next book, and one on the subject of Afghanistan and Pakistan, this fall.

From Naval War College Public Affairs
Edited and posted by Cmdr. Carla McCarthy