Afghanistan

Report

Tarnished Brass

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?

Dan Lamothe |

Argument

The Taliban Are Winning the War on Polio

A nearly eradicated disease has cropped up everywhere from Jerusalem to Kabul. You can thank Pakistani terrorists for that.

Laurie Garrett |

Argument

The Unmanned Surge

Getting America back to work … in Afghanistan.

Matt Bors |

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

Goodbye to All That

If American nation-building is dead, what nation remains at home?

James Traub |

Feature

A Bittersweet Legacy

Remembering a popular restaurateur killed in Kabul—and a policy of segregation that humiliated local Afghans.

Farhad Peikar |

Report

America's Emaciated Army

The U.S. military is slated to shed 150,000 soldiers. Can it still go to war with so few?

Gordon Lubold |

Argument

The Return of Afghanistan’s Drug Den

How the Obama administration turned its back on counternarcotics, and why the Taliban is laughing all the way to the bank.

R. Jeffrey Smith |

Christian Caryl

In 2014, It's Not Just About the Ballot Box

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.

Christian Caryl |

Report

Did Bob Gates' New Book Just Trash His Golden Reputation?

The former Secdef was known for quiet loyalty –- until a tell-all unloaded on his old bosses.

Gordon Lubold |

Report

Obama Admin Taking It Easy on Terror Group, Congressmen Charge

The Haqqani network comprises some of Afghanistan's most lethal insurgents. Why isn't the White House doing more to stop them?

Gordon Lubold |

Argument

Too Much of a Good Thing

Did local democracy help or hinder post-2001 Afghanistan? An MIT study comes up with some surprising insights.

Fotini Christia |

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

The Linchpin

Why India needs to be at the center of the U.S. pivot to Asia.

Tim Roemer |

Argument

Checked Out

Why Hamid Karzai's fickle recklessness imperils the future of Afghanistan.

Emile Simpson |

Argument

Indefinite Extension

Obama needs to consult Congress before he authorizes offensive military action in Afghanistan after 2014.

Bruce Ackerman |

Argument

On Syria and Iran, U.S. and Russia Can Work Together

Only cooperation between Moscow and Washington can solve the Middle East's most vexing problems.

Madeleine Albright |

EXCERPT

The Seduction of George W. Bush

How the president of good and evil bromanced Vladimir Putin. And how a warm friendship turned to ice.

Peter Baker |

Argument

What to Pack When You're Leaving a War

As the U.S. retrograde hits its peak, what will America really leave behind in Afghanistan?

Frank Jacobs |

Gordon Adams

Rebalancing the World Stage

Why America can no longer be both an actor and director.

Gordon Adams |

Report

Baghdad's Burning… And It's (Kind of) Our Fault

What Iraq's implosion can teach us about Afghanistan's future.

Yochi Dreazen |

Feature

Afghan Bloom

Can Afghanistan weather the storms after the U.S. withdrawal?

Mariam Ghani |

Argument

One Size Does Not Fit All

Why it's best to use every tool in the toolbox when it comes to democracy assistance.

Tomas Bridle |

Investigation

A Death in the Family

USAID's first known war-zone-related suicide raises troubling questions about whether America is doing enough to assist its relief workers.

Gordon Lubold |

Christian Caryl

Just Show It

The U.S. media continue to tiptoe around the horrors of war. It's time to put more violence on TV.

Christian Caryl |

In Box

The Long Haul

The monumental task of packing up a war.

Amie Ferris-Rotman |

Feature

Speaking with the Enemy

What Ho Chi Minh can teach us about bringing peace to Afghanistan.

Lawrence Korb |

Argument

The 15,000 Troop Option

Plotting the course for post-2014 Afghanistan.

James Stavridis |

In Other Words

The Ultimate AfPak Reading List

A guide to the most critical readings on Afghanistan, Pakistan, al-Qaeda, and U.S. counterterrorism.

Peter Bergen |