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Why We Have ‘Forever Wars’

Michael Pregent

The U.S. has been embroiled in “forever wars” in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere. A lack of regional understanding by successive American governments has hampered the development of capable indigenous governments and allowed Iran to operate militias and jihadist groups across the region.

Michael Pregent is a former intelligence officer with over 28 years of experience working security, terrorism, counter-insurgency, and policy issues in the Middle East, North Africa, and Southwest Asia. He is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute and a visiting fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University.