Central Asia

The List

America's Unsavory Allies

A look at the some of the bad guys the U.S. still supports.

Uri Friedman |

Dispatch

City of the Future

Karachi is violent, unhealthy, and unequal. Is that so bad?

Steve Inskeep |

Argument

Lord of War

The appearance of Viktor Bout, the so-called "Merchant of Death," in a Manhattan courtroom this week represents a milestone in the long battle to stop the black market arms trade.

Colum Lynch |

Kremlinology 2012

Meet the New Putin, Same as the Old Putin

As the de facto president seeks to reassure foreign investors, it's clear that everyone's a little on edge.

Julia Ioffe |

Kremlinology 2012

Twilight of a Seat-Warmer

Medvedev's worst week ever just keeps on going.

Julia Ioffe |

Argument

Confessions of an Xbox General

Can a computer game teach the Army how to defeat the Taliban?

Michael Peck |

Kremlinology 2012

Disaster Politics

The real story behind Putin's return to the throne: Russia is headed for economic catastrophe, and nothing he does can stop it.

Julia Ioffe |

Terms of Engagement

Twilight in Manhattan, Dawn in Tripoli

America did nearly everything wrong in the post-9/11 world. The post-Arab Spring world is our chance to finally get it right.

James Traub |

Slide Show

Russia's Deadly Hospitals

Photos from a truly broken health-care system.

Slide Show |

Photo Essay

Russia's Big Backyard

A grand tour of the stunningly diverse former Soviet states.

Suzanne Merkelson |

Dispatch

Roads to Ruin

Generations of conquerors and marauders have come and gone in northern Afghanistan, but the paths on which they travel have endured.

Anna Badkhen |

Dispatch

In a Sick Country

Afghanistan is dying -- not because of the Taliban or the allied forces, but from minor ailments that are slowly killing off a population with no medical services to speak of.

Anna Badkhen |

Dispatch

The Taliban Come to Mazar

Last month, NATO forces ceded this northern city to the Afghan army, calling it safe territory. But insurgent forces are on the doorstep.

Anna Badkhen |

Feature

Assassin Nation

After more than three decades of targeted killings, is there anyone left alive who can actually run Afghanistan?

Edward Girardet |

Dispatch

Who Killed Ahmed Wali Karzai?

The Taliban is taking credit for assassinating the Afghan president's powerful brother. But a personal feud seems more likely.

Matthieu Aikins |

The Optimist

A Thousand Points of Light

When it comes to bringing electricity to the developing world, small is beautiful.

Charles Kenny |

Terms of Engagement

Lift One from the Gipper

Tim Pawlenty has the Reaganite foreign policy talking points down, but do they add up to anything?

James Traub |

Argument

The Road Home from Kabul

Drawing down troops from Afghanistan is the right move. Now it's time to focus on the real threat in the neighborhood: the one coming from Pakistan.

John Kerry |

Terms of Engagement

Let's Make a Deal

The United States and the Taliban should be able to work out a compromise on Afghanistan. But will the Afghans be able to live with it?

James Traub |

Photo Essay

Postcards from Hell, 2011

Images from the world's most failed states.

Elizabeth Dickinson |

Terms of Engagement

Country First

After a turbulent decade abroad, the Republican Party turns inward.

James Traub |

Argument

The Drawdown Debate

Jon Huntsman may have been a no-show at the first 2012 GOP debate, but his comments about the U.S. footprint in Afghanistan made the most news. FP asked three Afghanistan experts to weigh in.

Kelsey Suemnicht |

Rebuttal

Billions for Missile Defense, Not a Dime for Common Sense

At a time of tight budgets, doubling down on a risky, easily foiled technology is more foolish than ever.

Yousaf Butt |

Photo Essay

Paradise Lost

Scratching out a living in the snows and slums of Mongolia.

Photo Essay |

Spring In Afghanistan

A One-Man Insurgency

How a young Afghan went from policeman to murderer to saint.

Anna Badkhen |

Spring In Afghanistan

A Groom's Tale

In rural Afghanistan, girls aren't the only ones getting married too young.

Anna Badkhen |

Argument

The New Face of al Qaeda?

The Yemeni-American firebrand preacher, Anwar al-Awlaki, won't replace Osama bin Laden as al Qaeda's No. 1 -- but Washington should be worried about his increasing prominence.

Christopher Boucek |

Terms of Engagement

Leaving With Honor

After Osama bin Laden's death, Afghanistan looks more like Vietnam than ever -- and for once, that's a good thing.

James Traub |