Malou Innocent


Malou Innocent, Foreign Policy Analyst at the Cato Institute, discusses her article, “Protests in Afghanistan: Our Excuse to Get Out;” how we underestimate the Afghan resentment of our intrusion into their lives and culture; why Western-style democracy is not the end all, be all political solution for much of the world; and the myriad forces that make ending the Afghan War all but impossible: establishing a Central Asia client state, keeping the military busy, bureaucratic inertia, and a domestic political culture that equates peace with weakness.

MP3 here. (18:54)

Malou Innocent is a Foreign Policy Analyst at the Cato Institute. She is a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies, and her primary research interests include Middle East and Persian Gulf security issues and U.S. foreign policy toward Pakistan, Afghanistan, and China. She has appeared as a guest analyst on CNN, BBC News, Fox News Channel, Al Jazeera, Voice of America, CNBC Asia, and Reuters.

Innocent has published reviews and articles on national security and international affairs in journals such as Survival, Congressional Quarterly, and Harvard International Review. She has also written for Foreign Policy, Wall Street Journal Asia, Christian Science Monitor, Armed Forces Journal, the Guardian, Huffington Post, the Washington Times, and other outlets both in the United States and overseas. She earned dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Mass Communications and Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Chicago.

3 thoughts on “Malou Innocent”

  1. Isn´t a major reason for being there-also the permanent bases recently negotiated with Karzei)-for The Trans-Afghan Pipeline ?

  2. The invasion of Afghanistan by the US has ALL to do with the gas pipeline.
    Any grade school student who has read a History book would be able to tell the US – NO invader of Afghanistan has ever 'won' a war in that country. It has well earned its reputation as "the graveyard of soldiers and of empires".
    As 'Rambo' was warned – "in this part of the world we pray that God protects us from the teeth of the tiger; from the venom of the cobra; and from the vengeance of the Afghan" – a prayer that the US should be praying as it exists Afghanistan.

  3. The Mazar-i-Sharif riots are manufactured. There is no war going on in Mazar-i-Sharif. Obviously, the Pashtuns dont give a rip what some goober in Florida does so Dostum had to stir the pot in the North. Proconsul Patraeus jumped on it like a duck on a junebug. Sloppy propaganda – screw 'em, 'murcans dont know where Mazar-i-Sharif is.

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