The real schools of Afghanistan and Pakistan look nothing like the fantasy peddled by Greg Mortenson.
David Miliband has a plan for bringing both sides to the negotiating table in Afghanistan. But getting the Taliban to show up won't be easy.
Why cracking down on Afghanistan's opium business won't help stop the Taliban -- or the United States' own drug problems.
In the first installment of a regular weekly dispatch, Anna Badkhen returns to Northern Afghanistan to find a freezing, chaotic place.
The Pakistani Army -- and Gen. David Petraeus -- treated the counterinsurgency effort in the Swat Valley as a monumental success. A year later, things on the ground look quite a bit different.
Why the West should stop fighting with the Taliban for hearts and minds, and start letting the Islamists try their hand at governing.
How Washington's awkward handling of Middle East uprisings is playing into the hands of the Islamic Republic.
An FP slide show of Hamid Karzai's tumultuous nine years as president of Afghanistan.
Congressional Republicans are bent on all but eliminating the U.S. government's foreign aid budget. And Defense Secretary Robert Gates may be the only one who can stop them.
From Minsk to Cairo, the nonviolent democratic uprisings of the past decade have been influenced by the tactics and imagery of Serbia's 2000 Bulldozer Revolution.
In Moscow and Beijing, the powers that be are understandably unsettled by events in Cairo -- and Washington can't afford to ignore their reaction.
A tour through the WikiLeaks cables suggests that the China-U.S. relationship is far too strained for a single state dinner to resolve.
Here's how Obama can reverse the dangerous deterioration of conditions in America's longest war.
The United States has quietly asked allies like Yemen and Pakistan for some extraordinary favors in its war on terrorism. Is it really so terrible if WikiLeaks forces them to explain those demands?
The West needs Kazakhstan for energy, security, and help in Central Asia. But how can it promote democracy when the autocratic president is holding all the cards?
The WikiLeaks cables show a U.S. diplomatic corps adept at diagnosing the big problems of American foreign policy -- and a country hopeless at solving them.
The United States invaded Afghanistan to defeat al Qaeda. It should stay that way.
Why the key to winning in Afghanistan is peace between Islamabad and New Delhi.
Russia's back in Afghanistan, this time in cooperation with the West -- but do objectives really align?
The United States is still struggling to bring stability to Afghanistan. Why not ask India to help?
Afghanistan used to be the central front in the war against terrorism. Now it's a distraction from it.
In Monsoon, our latter-day Kipling makes the case that America can't rule the whole world alone.
Is the new crop of hyperrealistic military video games driving home the reality of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, or simply exploiting them?
On Sept. 27, Kim Jong Un was named to a lofty post in North Korea's army, presumably in preparation to succeed his father as the country's ruler. FP looks at the world's autocrats-in-training who are waiting to take over their fathers' regimes.
President Obama is taking some heat for incorporating U.S. domestic politics into his Afghan war strategy. He would be negligent not to.