Afghanistan

COLUMN

COIN's Funeral

How the United States and NATO came to pursue the counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan -- and why it might never be used again.

Whitney Kassel |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: U.S. to resume aid to Egypt

Clapper's gag order; U.S. Troops to exercise in Eastern Europe; Nagl deals with a drug ring; Thumb-wrestling for Hagel, who is also wheels up today; McChrystal talks "career curveballs"; and a bit more.  

Gordon Lubold with Nathaniel Sobel |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: Obama's drone war in Yemen

Biden to pledge support for Ukraine; Assad still using chems?; Possibly less than 10k in Afg; Dem gubernatorial candidate steps in it; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold with Nathaniel Sobel |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: Ukraine: Moscow-run intel units fomenting unrest

Unkempt? New Army reg on hairstyles raise ire; Did Snowden mess up?; Abdullah Abdullah's lead widens; Donilon on the Asia Pivot: all good; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold with Nathaniel Sobel |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: Remembering the Boston Marathon bombing one year later

CIA chief quietly visits Ukraine; a top Marine touches the military benefits third rail; and a bit more.

Dan Lamothe |

Report

Leaky Borders

Millions collected on goods coming into Afghanistan isn’t making it to state coffers.

Jamila Trindle |

COLUMN

The Seven Lessons of Counterinsurgency 101 in Ukraine

How to fend off the Russians, in seven simple steps.

James Stavridis |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: State, Pentagon clash over Syria intervention

USAID contractor announces a hunger strike in Havana; Another is arrested in Afg; Gun control an issue at the DoD; What do artists, bug splats and the drone war have in common?; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold with Nathaniel Sobel |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: On FP, the disturbing story of the U.N.'s failed peacekeeping mission in Darfur

A runoff likely in Afg., but election a signal of smoother relations; Hagel to send destroyers to Asia; LT says: "your soldiers will amaze you;" and a bit more. 

Gordon Lubold with Nathaniel Sobel |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: A runoff likely, but election a signal of smoother relations

Hagel to send destroyers to Asia; Today he's in Beijing; Reciprocation problems with China; LT says: "your soldiers will amaze you;" and a bit more.  

Gordon Lubold with Nathaniel Sobel |

Argument

Let Me Down Easy

It's bad enough the United States is slashing military aid to Afghanistan. Don't shut off the civilian aid spigot, too.

Anja Manuel |

Dispatch

Afghan Graffiti

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

Casey Johnson |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: Connecting the wrong dots on PTSD and Fort Hood

Karzai's got hand; Hagel is headed to Japan; Ash Carter to start talking; Iraqi wants the U.S. to take a stand; Carl Mundy, Jr. dies; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold |

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 Election Is the Enemy

The Taliban isn't attacking the Afghan army anymore -- they're trying to blow up the heart of Afghan politics.

Barnett R. Rubin |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: Breedlove to FP: a need to rethink U.S. posture in Europe

Kerry was against Pollard's release before he was for it; Hagel to meet with Malaysian counterpart; Is a U.S. sub already on the hunt for 370?; CMC takes notice of an op-Ed; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: Russian troops pull back but what does it mean?

Hagel is wheels up for Hawaii, Asia; Hagel: who thinks tobacco is still healthy?; SitRep reaches 100,000 readers; George Little gets a promotion; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold |

COLUMN

The New Mayor of Kabul

Why Afghanistan's next president won't succeed without the warlords -- or the Taliban.

Leela Jacinto |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: Only measured success on Ukraine political talks

Denny Blair to Sasakawa; Breedlove back to Europe; Why Asia Pacific countries are scared to share; Weapons spending creeps upward; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold |

In Box

The Things They Carried: The Afghan Election Observer

What Afghanistan's international monitors pack for the most pivotal -- and dangerous -- political contest since 2001.

Jeffrey Stern |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: U.S. quietly imposes more sanctions on Russia

Crimea crisis awakens an anemic NATO; Egypt's Gen. Sisi throws his hat in the ring; Petty Officer Mayo was a hero; Why will 1,892 flags to be planted on the Mall today?; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: Militants in Syria raise Western fears

Hagel hires an ethics officer; Sub exercises in the Arctic; The North goes ballistic; Snowden scores; Taliban victories overrated; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: U.S. to open spigot of assistance to Syria

A shooting in Norfolk; Why the malware market is thriving; The challenge of finding the black box; Will Sinclair retire as a one-star?; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: Sinclair gets no jail time, midshipman acquitted

McCain on Putin's sanctions; Can the Army handle the truth?; Pentagon bets on no sequester; Obama WH cuts Penty program for Ukraine; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold |

Report

Exclusive: Army Squared Off With Budweiser Over Controversial Super Bowl Ad

A popular commercial honored the return of a U.S. soldier from Afghanistan. So how did it get so ugly behind the scenes?

Dan Lamothe |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: Pentagon to announce review of awards

What Pakistan knew about bin Laden; Rasmussen to FP: Will Russia stop there?; DOD to send troops to Libya; No "Step Nine" for Boogie; What up with the Pentagon library?; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: DOD report undermines Army position on intel system

Could the Navy Yard shooting have been avoided?; A Sinclair morality play; A "Chilly Rivalry?" with Russia; A class act leaves the Pentagon; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold |

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: A team player accuses the CIA of eavesdropping on Congress

What a murder in Kabul says about Western security there; For real: a picture of hunger in Syria; Dunford to testify; A defense contractor trades secrets with Chinese girlfriend; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold |

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 |