Afghanistan

Argument

A Democracy Made of Straw

Why did it take two administrations to learn that Baghdad doesn’t work like Washington?

James Traub |

Review

You Can’t Handle The Truth

Sebastian Junger’s new documentary shows war as it really is: mundane and hero-less. Will anyone want to watch it?

Alex Horton |

Argument

The Real Winner in Afghanistan's Election

Why the Taliban can’t prevent the monumental success that marks this weekend’s ballot.

James Stavridis |

Report

Exclusive: War Commander Kept in Dark About Last Minute Bergdahl Deal

The Bergdahl controversy shows that the years-long rift between the White House and the Pentagon hasn't been fixed. If anything, the two sides may be further apart than ever before.

Gordon Lubold |

COLUMN

Take 2 Ambien and Call Me When It's Over

I’d rather spoon my own eye out than sit through this year’s Think-Tank-a-palooza.

Stephen M. Walt |

COLUMN

Broken Windows and Beating Back al Qaeda

Can President Obama’s counterterrorism partnership plan really work without any attempt at nation building?

James Traub |

Report

When Bergdahl Speaks

Eventually, the freed American prisoner of war will have to meet the press, and he could become a PR nightmare for the White House.

Shane Harris |

Argument

One Insurgent at a Time

How Alcoholics Anonymous can fix Obama's counterterrorism strategy.

Whitney Kassel |

Argument

Terrorists Held My Dad Hostage…

And he spent another 5 years in hell after a Bergdahl-type deal soured. A personal history of how swapping bad guys for American prisoners can go bad.

Sulome Anderson |

COLUMN

Does America Contradict Itself? Very Well, Then.

The prisoner-swap deal that saved Bowe Bergdahl might have been a bad one, but it was also moral and necessary.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Why Negotiating With Our Enemies Is Not a Sin

The Taliban swap for Sgt. Bergdahl is just the latest in a long line of occasions when America willingly dealt with bad guys. And like it or not, this is how wars end.

Lawrence J. Korb |

Report

The Shifting Sands of Obama’s Bergdahl Defense

If America's newly free POW really was a deserter, the White House is in deep trouble.

John Hudson |

Report

The Bergdahl Bargain Was Just the Beginning

Obama swapped five Taliban for Bowe Bergdahl. What will he trade for the three other Americans being held in Afghanistan?

Gordon Lubold |

Argument

Is There a Hidden Message in the Taliban's 2014 Fighting Season Plan?

The forgotten history of the Battle of Khaibar offers some alluring hints.

Jonah Blank |