In this latest issue of PG TV, PG strategists David Adams and Lauren Maddox are disputing what many have reported as the stagnation that persists in Washington. Here, they discuss some of the many advocacy opportunities and tactics that exist - no matter the climate on Capitol Hill - for organizations pursuing a legislative agenda in Washington. 

As operations in Afghanistan wind down and we begin to consider the consequences of the past decade of war, force ratio for counterinsurgency (COIN) is coming under increased scrutiny. For pedestrians, in short, we're talking about troop levels and the age-old question for policymakers, "How many does it take to get the job done?" The answer has been pondered by the US military, academia and think tanks, with a host of responses.The result is typically 'plug-and-play' equations for minimum force rations in COIN operations, made more complicated by the inability to precisely predict the numbers of insurgent forces. 

Podesta Group international security strategist, Riley Moore, tackles this issue in a recent white paper titled, "Counterinsurgency Force Ratio: Strategic Utility or Nominal Necessity," and published by Routledge of Taylor & Francis. An executive summary is provided by Riley below.

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Counterinsurgency Force Ratio: Strategic Utility or Nominal

In this latest issue of PG TV, former aide to Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Randall Gerard, and former policy director for Democratic leader Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC), AJ Jones, both now PG strategists, sit down to walk through the politics behind the shutdown and the changing dynamic on Capitol Hill that has helped create this mess. 

The government shutdown is nearing the end of its second day, and despite a White House meeting between congressional leaders and President Obama this evening, the situation on Capitol Hill remains volatile with little sign that a deal is imminent. Below are three things for you to consider as part of your shutdown watch.

1. No sign of a deal. Last night’s “mini-CR” strategy advanced by House Republican leaders was the opening salvo in what could be a protracted messaging battle between the White House and congressional Republicans. Look for both sides in this fight to use the tools available to them to try to generate more political pressure on the other. President Obama has the benefit of the White House’s “bully pulpit” to create grassroots support and high-level media opportunities, while House Republicans have the ability to focus pressure on politically vulnerable House Democratic members through the legislative process.

The result will likely continue to be trench warfare, in which both sides remain hardened in their resolve to deny the other a victory on the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

2. Addition simplifies the solution. The

When a prominent African businessman was being unfairly challenged in the media and his reputation was at stake, he turned to the Podesta Group to fight back. Watch as Podesta Group senior PR strategists and former journalists John Anderson and Erin Billings travel to Africa to combat the negative narrative, change perceptions and restore his brand.

In this latest episode of PG TV, Andy Amsler, Director of Digital Media at Podesta Group, makes the case for organizations afraid to dive into the sometimes intimidating waters of online strategy, and discusses best practices to ensure success with a digital advocacy campaign.