Situation Report

New documents from Benghazi show pointed concern

Marines are so littoral, The Navy tries its hand at motorboat drones, The “red herring” of the military vote, What would make Stan McChrystal cringe, and more.

Gordon Lubold |

Situation Report

Watchdog SIGAR blasts the ANSF

What Karzai’s election announcement means, Did the F-35 father a new Chinese baby? and more.

Gordon Lubold |


We're Winning in Afghanistan

Why hasn't the media noticed?

Stewart Upton |

Rational Security

Fight Night

How Barack Obama and Mitt Romney measure up on the seven foreign policy issues that really matter.

John Arquilla |


Afghanistan's Gray Future

It's Hamid Karzai's country now, and not everything is black and white.

Haseeb Humayoon |


Rewarding Impunity

Why is President Obama's attorney general handing out prizes for sweeping torture under the rug?

David Cole |


Afghanistan's Fiscal Cliff

Kabul-watchers are rightly worried about what the withdrawal of Western aid money will mean for one of the most impoverished countries on the planet. But everyone's asking the wrong questions.

Matthieu Aikins |


Inside and Upside Down

Why the Pentagon's ad hoc plans to prevent green-on-blue attacks could backfire.

Simon Klingert |


Talking Our Way Out Of Afghanistan

NATO needs to negotiate with the Taliban NOW, before all the troops -- and our leverage -- are gone.

Matt Waldman |

The List

The 50-50 Club

Why pundits love splitting the difference on their predictions.

Lois Farrow Parshley |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

Romney takes on Obama at the first presidential debate, Syria shells Turkey, and Georgia's opposition celebrates a surprise victory.

Slide Show |


Trust Fall

What's behind the inside attacks on U.S. forces in Afghanistan? The 2014 timeline for withdrawal.

Felisa Dyrud |


Tribal Warfare

Why did the Pentagon award a $7 million Afghanistan security contract to this group of Native Americans in Oklahoma?

John Reed |

Photo Essay

Golden Buddha, Hidden Copper

Twelve years after the Taliban blew up the world-famous Bamiyan Buddhas, a Chinese mining firm -- developing one of the world's largest copper deposits -- threatens to destroy another of Afghanistan's archeological treasures.

Lois Parshley |


What Happens When the Lights Go Out in Karachi?

Three scary questions that keep Pakistanis up at night.

Shamila N. Chaudhary |


So Much for the Good War

It's time to admit that Obama's Afghanistan strategy is a total failure.

Arif Rafiq |

Slide Show

Skateboarding in Kabul

Half-pipes and headscarves in the Hindu Kush.

Slide Show |

David Barno

'Our Strategic Compass Is Unmoored'

Notes from a general to his active-duty sons on the lessons of Afghanistan.

David Barno |

The Brass

Are We Winning in Afghanistan?

An exclusive interview with Gen. John Allen, commander of America's forgotten war.

Gordon Lubold |


Sound and Sensible

Mitt Romney’s foreign policy would echo the best of America’s bipartisan traditions. But the desperate Obama caricature of it is just a sad indication of how much the president has failed.

Peter D. Feaver |


A Dangerous Mind

Mitt Romney’s foreign policy isn’t an afterthought, it’s a frightening return to a bullying neoconservative ideology -- and Americans should be worried.

Bruce W. Jentleson |

Small Wars

Strategic Error

When the big picture misses the point.

Robert Haddick |


Talking to the Taliban

Negotiations are the only way forward in Afghanistan. But that doesn't mean they will be easy -- or that the more pragmatic wing of the Taliban will have the upper hand.

Richard Barrett |

The List

Putting the Vice Back in Vice President

Mitt Romney's choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate may be controversial. But it's safe to say he's probably less trouble than these five veeps.

Joshua E. Keating |

In Box


How do you heal an entire country suffering from shell shock?

Anna Badkhen |

In Box

The Generals' General

What Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno takes with him to the war zone.

Benjamin Pauker |


Word Is Bond

Has President Obama kept Candidate Obama's campaign promises?

Michael A. Cohen |