Central Asia

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

Afghanistan goes to the polls; pro-Russian demonstrators clash with police in Ukraine; and Indian elections begin.

FP Staff |

Dispatch

Afghan Graffiti

How a street art campaign in Kandahar City got under the Taliban's skin.

Casey Johnson |

COLUMN

Is Karzai Actually a Great Leader?

Don't be too quick to condemn Afghanistan's unpredictable president to history's dustbin.

Leela Jacinto |

Argument

The Missing Piece in Ensuring Afghanistan’s Peace

Much has gone right in Afghanistan. It’s more secure, stable, and even optimistic. But there's one final tweak needed before America says goodbye.

James Stavridis |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: Chaos in Ukraine

Terrorism theory in Malaysia Airlines crash disintegrates; Rock bottom: the relationship between the CIA and the Senate; Sinclair may now get a plea deal; and a bit more.  

Gordon Lubold |

Argument

Eastern Promises

How two small, post-Soviet states could wind up the real winners in the Ukraine crisis.

Katie Engelhart |

Argument

Thin Ice

A brief history of Russia's all-out siege on Sochi's critics.

Jane Buchanan |

Dispatch

Taliban TV

How a triple murder in Karachi left the Taliban not just making headlines, but writing them, too.

Beenish Ahmed |

Argument

Rings of Fire

Why the Olympics actually don't bring the world together.

Michael Rubin |

COLUMN

The Top 10 Mistakes Made in the Afghan War

From Tora Bora to wartime fatigue, the U.S. legacy in Afghanistan was just one failed endeavor after another.

Stephen M. Walt |

Argument

The Moscow Missile Mystery

Is Russia actually violating the INF Treaty?

Steven Pifer |

Argument

China's Backdoor Breakout

As China flexes its muscles in Central Asia, will the United States have any influence after it leaves Afghanistan?

Richard Boucher |

Argument

Checked Out

Why Hamid Karzai's fickle recklessness imperils the future of Afghanistan.

Emile Simpson |

Argument

Keeping Up with the Karimovs

Why is Uzbekistan's pop star princess suddenly airing the dictatorship’s dirty laundry?

Andrew Stroehlein |

Report

Russia's War on Foreigners

First the Kremlin went after the gays. Now it's the "blacks."

Anna Alekseyeva |

Argument

MAD About You

It's time to turn mutually assured destruction into mutually assured stability.

Ellen Tauscher and Igor Ivanov |

Argument

Rice and the Russians

Will Obama's new national security advisor play nice and get along with Moscow?

Dmitri Trenin |

Argument

The Head of China's Petitioning Office

Why Barack Obama can't afford to take human rights off the agenda when he meets with Xi Jinping.

Sophie Richardson |

BOOK CLUB

A Turbulent Valley in a Turbulent Decade

A Review of Restless Valley: Revolution, Murder, and Intrigue in the Heart of Central Asia by Philip Shishkin. 

Joshua Foust |

Backstory

The Afghan Bag Man

The foiled arrest that explains America’s failure in Afghanistan.

Sarah Chayes |

Argument

Tea Leaves in Tashkent

Who will follow Uzbekistan’s aging dictator?

Philip Shishkin |

Argument

Displaced

What happened to the people who fled the terror in Chechnya.

Joshua Foust |

Argument

The Gilded Cage of Asia

Why is the dictatorship of Kazakhstan getting such good PR?

Joshua Foust |

In Box

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Democracy is in retreat. And there's a surprising culprit.

Joshua Kurlantzick |

Argument

The Curse of Stability in Central Asia

The autocrats of Central Asia like to tout the virtues of stability. But they're really making excuses for decay.

Sarah Kendzior |

Argument

The League of Authoritarian Gentlemen

It used to be that it was mainly the liberal democracies who banded together in defense of their values. No longer.

Alexander Cooley |

Argument

Turkey's Deal With the Devil

For decades, Turks have vilified Abdullah Ocalan as a terrorist. But he may be the only man who can bring an end to their country's bloody conflict with the Kurds.

Piotr Zalewski |

Argument

Talking to the Taliban

With Obama and Karzai meeting in Washington, and peace negotiations back on the table in Afghanistan, here's what to watch out for when sitting down with Islamic fundamentalists.

Michael Semple |

Argument

Saving Afghanistan

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

Abdullah Abdullah |

Special Report

Stowaway

A reporter travels the treacherous Pakistan-Afghanistan border by truck.

Matthieu Aikins |