Mike Morell: Putin only understands 'tough'; Stavridis' 10 ideas on crisis; Karzai in the WaPo: angry; The LCS and the fog of (budget) war; and a bit more.
The top Marine Corps general is unpopular with his troops, damaged on Capitol Hill, and under investigation in the Pentagon. Can he really still lead?
A nearly eradicated disease has cropped up everywhere from Jerusalem to Kabul. You can thank Pakistani terrorists for that.
From Tora Bora to wartime fatigue, the U.S. legacy in Afghanistan was just one failed endeavor after another.
Remembering a popular restaurateur killed in Kabul—and a policy of segregation that humiliated local Afghans.
The U.S. military is slated to shed 150,000 soldiers. Can it still go to war with so few?
How the Obama administration turned its back on counternarcotics, and why the Taliban is laughing all the way to the bank.
The year ahead will tell us a lot about the state of democracy around the world. But voting is just one part of the story.
The former Secdef was known for quiet loyalty –- until a tell-all unloaded on his old bosses.
The Haqqani network comprises some of Afghanistan's most lethal insurgents. Why isn't the White House doing more to stop them?
Did local democracy help or hinder post-2001 Afghanistan? An MIT study comes up with some surprising insights.
As China flexes its muscles in Central Asia, will the United States have any influence after it leaves Afghanistan?
Obama needs to consult Congress before he authorizes offensive military action in Afghanistan after 2014.
Only cooperation between Moscow and Washington can solve the Middle East's most vexing problems.
How the president of good and evil bromanced Vladimir Putin. And how a warm friendship turned to ice.
As the U.S. retrograde hits its peak, what will America really leave behind in Afghanistan?
What Iraq's implosion can teach us about Afghanistan's future.
Why it's best to use every tool in the toolbox when it comes to democracy assistance.
USAID's first known war-zone-related suicide raises troubling questions about whether America is doing enough to assist its relief workers.
The U.S. media continue to tiptoe around the horrors of war. It's time to put more violence on TV.