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Archive: November 29, 2009 - December 5, 2009

From FDR's Pearl Harbor to Obama's West Point

Was President Obama's speech at West Point a "stage-managed" affair? Of course it was. Like FDR riding in an open car to declare war on Japan, theatrics have played a key role presidential and wartime leadership.

By Ed Ruggero | December 4, 2009; 11:59 AM ET | Comments (15)

Afghanistan's West Point

My experience at the National Military Academy of Afghanistan showed me leadership development is already happening, but that it may take a generation to accomplish.

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | December 3, 2009; 2:34 AM ET | Comments (2)

The right leaders

Succeeding in Afghanistan is not a matter of teaching leadership to Afghanis. Rather, we need to find and support the right leaders with the right followers.

By Michael Maccoby | December 2, 2009; 2:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

A familiar job

Our U.S. military has many years of experience in training the forces of other nations.

By Col. Charles D. Allen | December 2, 2009; 1:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Not just sheikhs and generals

For progress to occur, an expanded culture of leadership must become pervasive throughout Afghanistan.

By Ed O'Malley | December 2, 2009; 10:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

18-month miracle?

Ultimately, motivation and leadership are grounded in culture: Why do we think we can change the complex Afghan culture when our "outsider" attempts to influence it have, to date, been unsuccessful?

By Benjamin W. Heineman, Jr. | December 2, 2009; 10:36 AM ET | Comments (5)

Laying with the enemy

Considering that little success has been achieved through working with expatriate and Westernized Afghanis, U.S. leaders should consider capitalizing upon entrenched Afghan power structures.

By Coro Fellows | December 1, 2009; 12:54 PM ET | Comments (3)

Taking "exit" out of the strategy

Who will risk their survival and that of their family in siding with an outsider who promises much but whose intent is clearly to leave on his schedule? Developing leaders requires that we build relationships of trust and depth.

By Gen. Monty Meigs (Ret.) | December 1, 2009; 12:07 PM ET | Comments (1)

New ranks of business leaders

It is critical for the reconstruction of a war-ravaged nation to not only focus on leaders in government, but also leaders in business and civic society, including women.

By Angel Cabrera | December 1, 2009; 6:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Our most difficult task

We can and must engage in leadership development of Afghan leaders, and this will be the most difficult effort of our involvement in Afghanistan.

By Col. Michael E. Haith (Ret.) | December 1, 2009; 5:18 AM ET | Comments (11)

Loaded with substance

Symbolic choices are certainly not "devoid of substance." Had President Bush shown up at Katrina the day it hit rather than "a few days later," would his sudden drop in approval ratings -- perhaps a turning point in his presidency -- have occurred?

By Warren Bennis | November 30, 2009; 6:13 AM ET | Comments (1)

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