AfPak Channel

In Other Words

The Ultimate AfPak Reading List

A guide to the most critical readings on Afghanistan, Pakistan, al-Qaeda, and U.S. counterterrorism.

Peter Bergen |


Saving Afghanistan

It can be done, but only if the international community truly invests in democracy.

Abdullah Abdullah |

Situation Report

The race tightens as Obama, Romney prepare for foreign policy debate tonight

AUSA begins, What Ishmael Jones’ experience tells us about “No Easy Day,” Thanks for the cowbells, and more.

Gordon Lubold |

Slide Show

Pakistan's Bid for Tolerance

A tour of 35 towns throughout the country in an investigation of civil society's capacity to counter Talibanization.

Waleed Ziad |


Leaving Afghanistan

Seven Afghanistan experts review the president's plans for ending the war.

Edmund Downie |


Raging at Rawalpindi

American leaders are furious with Pakistan’s military in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s killing. But twisting arms will only backfire.

Shuja Nawaz |


FP Book Club: Peter Bergen's The Longest War

An FP discussion on counterterrorism expert Peter Bergen's latest book. A decade after 9/11, is the war on terrorism a war we can win?

Andrew Swift |


Crazy Like a Fox

In a fit of anger, Hamid Karzai axes his director of intelligence, Amrullah Saleh. But is there method to his madness?

Elizabeth Rubin |


Drone Wars

The Obama administration won't tell the truth about America's new favorite weapon -- but that doesn't mean its critics are right.

C. Christine Fair |

Photo Essay

Once Upon a Time in Afghanistan…

Record stores, Mad Men furniture, and pencil skirts -- when Kabul had rock 'n' roll, not rockets.

Mohammad Qayoumi |

Prime Numbers

The Almanac of Al Qaeda

FP's definitive guide to what's left of the terrorist group.

Peter Bergen |

Slide Show

Pumping Iron in Kabul

Images of Afghanistan's bodybuilders as they compete for the ultimate prize.

Kayvan Farzaneh |


Karzai Unhinged?

The concerns about Afghanistan's volatile president are legitimate, but allies shouldn't lose sight of the big picture.

Jeffrey Gedmin |


Curing Afghanistan

Two officers on the battlefield offer a new metaphor for the understanding conflict in the region -- and how to end it.

Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV |

Photo Essay

Into the Hornet's Nest

The United States prepares its troops and its allies for the coming offensive in Kandahar, the Taliban's spiritual home.

Andrew Swift |

Slide Show

Operation Marjah

Coalition forces are hunting Taliban insurgents in the largest military operation in Afghanistan since the initial U.S. invasion in 2001.

Slide Show |

Photo Essay

Afghanistan's Ultimate Sport

What do you call men on horses fighting over a headless goat carcass? Buzkashi -- Afghanistan's national sport, which also just happens to be a powerful metaphor for the country's politics.

Kayvan Farzaneh |


Divide and Conquer

At an upcoming conference in London, the Afghan government will unveil its plan to bring the Taliban rank and file back into the political fold -- and plead for international assistance for its new initiative. 

Alim Remtulla |


I Built an African Army

Now here's what it will take to build Afghanistan's.

Sean McFate |

Briefing Book

How to Whip the Afghan Army Into Shape

Much of President Barack Obama's strategy rests on the creation of a new, more competent Afghan military. Here's what he'll need to know to get the job done.

Mark Moyar |


Obama's Indecent Interval

Despite the U.S. president's pleas to the contrary, the war in Afghanistan looks more like Vietnam than ever.

Thomas H. Johnson |

Briefing Book

Addicted to Contractors

The United States is hooked on privatized warfare in Afghanistan. And it's more costly than you think.

Allison Stanger |