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Robert M. Cassidy

Robert M. Cassidy, Ph.D., Colonel, USA (Retired), is a teaching fellow at Wesleyan University and a senior fellow at the Center For Advanced Defense Studies. He has served in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Central Command area and Grenada. Before retiring earlier this year, he served in Afghanistan helping assess the Afghan Special Security Forces.

He is the author of three books and a number of articles on war and strategy. He has master’s degrees in international relations, security studies and strategy from Boston University, the Fletcher School, the École de Guerre, and the U.S. Naval War College. He has a doctorate from the Fletcher School, in strategy and irregular warfare.

Articles by Robert M. Cassidy

The Illusion of Strategy in Afghanistan: No Change in Pakistan’s Malice

Pakistan’s machinations and America’s past delusions pose obstacles to a successful strategic outcome for the war In Afghanistan.

January 6, 2018

Ending Pakistan’s Export of Jihadists: The Key to Win in Afghanistan

A policy to win in Afghanistan requires undermining the Taliban’s strategic base – the external support and sanctuary that Pakistan continues to provide.

August 28, 2017

US Military: Too Much Tactics, Too Little Strategy

America and its military's proclivity for perpetual war – and what that means for the war against Islamist terrorists.

July 20, 2017

Pakistan: Land of the Pure, Land of Perfidy

Can Pakistan be persuaded to stop supporting insurgents — and thereby not nullifying U.S. progress in Afghanistan since 2010?

February 11, 2013