"Seth G. Jones" is a political science/political scientist at the RAND/RAND Corporation specializing in counterinsurgency and counterterrorism, with a particular focus on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and al Qa'ida.

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There was a sense that there was nothing to learn from Somalia or Haiti or Bosnia.

It's the smaller stuff - the winning hearts and minds - that's really critical, not big weapons and fighter jets to drop bombs.

I think there is absolutely no question that the partial evidence strongly suggests that there have been increasing contacts between Afghan insurgents and Iraqi insurgents either in Iraq itself or in Pakistan, the trails going in both directions.