Afghanistan

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 |

Interview

'Don't Try to Convince Yourself That You're in Control'

Afghan lessons for arming the Syrian rebels from the CIA's mujahideen point man.

Joshua E. Keating |

Argument

How to Negotiate Like a Pashtun

A field guide to dealing with the Taliban.

Jonah Blank |

Dispatch

Karzai's India Gamble

Pakistan isn't helping the Afghan government end its standoff with the Taliban -- so Karzai is looking to India instead. 

Mujib Mashal |

Argument

A Shameful Neglect

It's time to stop pretending that America's in Afghanistan to help women.

Anna Badkhen |

Gordon Adams

Flexible Spending Account

How the Pentagon is wriggling its way through sequestration.

Gordon Adams |

Argument

Curing America's Fear of Commitment

Karzai is an ingrate, but the Afghans need us.

Marc Chretien |

Rational Security

Getting to Yes with the Taliban

The case for negotiating with terrorists.

John Arquilla |

Backstory

The Afghan Bag Man

The foiled arrest that explains America’s failure in Afghanistan.

Sarah Chayes |

Argument

Kabul's Unlikely New Ally

Has Pakistan decided it's finally time to embrace Afghanistan?

Daniel Sagalyn |

Letters

Springtime in Kabul

While the media obsessed over the missteps, Afghans were building a better future.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

Micah Zenko

An Inconvenient Truth

Finally, proof that the United States has lied in the drone wars.

Micah Zenko |

By Other Means

Why Sticks and Stones Will Beat Our Drones

The persistent dangers of low-tech warfare.

Rosa Brooks |

By Other Means

Let Them Go

Why John Brennan should give a passport and $10K to every Gitmo prisoner.

Rosa Brooks |

Dispatch

Leaning Out

How the United States is abandoning Afghanistan's women.

Amie Ferris-Rotman |