The Democratic Dividend in Counter-Insurgency

The following article appeared in the December 2010 issue of Pragati.In a recent interview with the BBC, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev — an icon of liberal democracy for his introduction of glasnost and perestroika policies in the 1980s — asserted that the United States could not win its current counterinsurgency campaign in Afghanistan. Mr Gorbachev was evidently drawing from his own