Central Asia

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 |

Slide Show

Is It Over Yet?

Haunting photos of a year in the life of the war America is still fighting.

Slide Show |

The List

10 Conflicts to Watch in 2013

From Turkey to Congo, next year's wars threaten global stability.

Louise Arbour |

The List

The World War on Christmas

Five places where Santa really does have to watch his back.

Elizabeth F. Ralph |

Argument

Dynasty

Why are so many Asian countries run by families?

Isaac Stone Fish |

Argument

The Migrant Money Machine

The developed world could make a big difference to the global economy simply by helping migrants to do what comes naturally: send money home.

Peter Passell |

Argument

Stop Talking About Civil Society

Using terms like "civil society" is a distraction from the real problems in authoritarian countries. 

Sarah Kendzior |

Profile

Can You Save Diplomacy From Itself?

Carne Ross's quixotic crusade to help emerging nations get their seat at the table.

Cristina Odone |