Fissures within the military could tear not just the army but the entire country apart. It's coming sooner than you think.
Despite the U.S. president's pleas to the contrary, the war in Afghanistan looks more like Vietnam than ever.
The United States is hooked on privatized warfare in Afghanistan. And it's more costly than you think.
Millions of dollars are being pumped into hearts and minds projects from Kabul to Kandahar. Trouble is, it's not working. And it might even be making things worse.
There may not be a single or short explanation justifying a U.S. presence in Afghanistan. But that doesn't mean it's time to cut and run.
As the Pakistani soldiers moved into South Waziristan, they found something almost as valuable as al Qaeda itself: the diaries and books that explain how militant ideology binds the diffuse world of terrorism together.
The world is hounding the Afghan president to crack down on corruption and kick out entrenched warlords. I don't think he's going to do it, and I should know: I’m the man who wrote his autobiography.
Pakistan's leader is losing grip on his presidency and the opposition parties are waiting in the wings. As his popularity plummets, his political fate -- as well as that of the Pakistan Peoples Party and the nation -- hang in the balance.
Take it from this former ambassador: Disagreements over the war in Afghanistan may do more long-term harm than short-term good.
If the window closes to fix Afghanistan's government, more boots on the ground won't matter.
The top humanitarian official for the United Nations tells FP how to do aid in a time of war. Here’s a hint: it’s not pretty.
Elections could be the country's undoing. Or, it could be a good start for much-needed reform.
As I witnessed firsthand while working as a poll monitor, the Afghan elections has been a disaster every step of the way. Here's how not to repeat the error.
Is the United States paying off Kandahar's first sibling? Maybe, but who cares?
Counterinsurgency is at least 50 percent civilian. So where have all the Foreign Service officers gone?
Take it from someone who has spent the last half-decade studying terrorist plots: A homeless al Qaeda is the best guarantee against large-scale attacks.
Is the jihadi uproar over an al-Qaeda-Taliban split for real?
The runoff elections may be the last best chance to come up with a plan for Afghanistan. Trouble is, the Obama administration is looking for answers in all the wrong places.
Gordon M. Goldstein's Lessons in Disaster ignores history -- and makes dangerous recommendations to the Obama White House today.
The only two Westerners living on their own in Kandahar have been bombed, ambushed, and nearly sold to kidnappers. Here's what they've learned about the country where war just won't end.
A light footprint won’t work in Afghanistan. Just look at the Horn of Africa for all the reasons why not.
President Obama promised to close the facility within a year, but eight months later, the path is looking rockier. Here's what the administration needs to do to meet its deadline.
Afghanistan is a mess. Suicide bombs are still going off in Iraq. Is nation-building doomed to failure? It's time to consult the original insurgent, T.E. Lawrence.
It's not low troop levels that stand to defeat the United States in Afghanistan. It's plain old public fatigue.
U.S. dollars and a shiny new airport are not signs of success.
The Afghan electoral crisis threatens to destabilize the country and further erode confidence in the Karzai government. But thankfully, a solution exists.