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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.

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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 |

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Skateboarding in Kabul

Half-pipes and headscarves in the Hindu Kush.

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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 |

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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 |

Photo Essay

Life Inside Little America in Afghanistan

Photos from a time when tiki bars and afternoons at the pool dominated the lives of Americans in Afghanistan.

Rajiv Chandrasekaran |



Forget the best and brightest. Why did America send its C team to Afghanistan? An exclusive excerpt from the new book Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan.

Rajiv Chandrasekaran |


Can't We All Just Not Get Along?

Why the push for bipartisan consensus in foreign policy is a dumb idea.

Michael A. Cohen |


Debating the Failed States Index

Was this year's ranking of the world's most fragile states on target? Five countries respond.

Adrienne Klasa |


What's Wrong with Pakistan?

Why geography -- unfortunately -- is destiny for South Asia's troubled heartland.

Robert D. Kaplan |

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Requiem for a Russian Spy

A CIA veteran remembers his Soviet counterpart.

Milton Bearden |

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Please, Don't Send Food

A new study suggests that food aid could actually prolong conflict rather than resolve it.

Joshua E. Keating |

The List

An Annotated Guide to All Those White House Leaks

The 10 Obama administration disclosures that Attorney General Eric Holder should investigate.

Uri Friedman |

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The View From Kandahar

Photographer Louie Palu's portraits of the war down south.

Louie Palu |

Trip Report

Life After Karzai

America might not be able to pick a winner in Afghanistan, but at least it can try to block a loser.

Michael O'Hanlon |