Taliban

Dispatch

Afghan Graffiti

How a street art campaign in Kandahar City got under the Taliban's skin.

Casey Johnson |

COLUMN

The Shots Heard Around the World

From global-health success story to nightmare: How a worldwide effort to eradicate polio went from Jonas Salk to Islamic terrorist.

Laurie Garrett |

Argument

The Election Is the Enemy

The Taliban isn't attacking the Afghan army anymore -- they're trying to blow up the heart of Afghan politics.

Barnett R. Rubin |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: Obama's big test in Crimea

Mike Morell: Putin only understands 'tough'; Stavridis' 10 ideas on crisis; Karzai in the WaPo: angry; The LCS and the fog of (budget) war; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold |

Argument

In Bad Faith

The U.S. won't scuttle Pakistan's peace talks with the Taliban -- so long as no one tries to make peace.

Daniel Markey |

Dispatch

Taliban TV

How a triple murder in Karachi left the Taliban not just making headlines, but writing them, too.

Beenish Ahmed |

Argument

Checked Out

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

Emile Simpson |

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 |

Argument

After Kayani

The man who kept Pakistan together is retiring. Now what?

Arif Rafiq |

Argument

The 15,000 Troop Option

Plotting the course for post-2014 Afghanistan.

James Stavridis |

Argument

The Battle for Islamabad

The Pakistani Taliban aren't headed off to fight in Syria. They're gearing up for an epic war at home.

Arif Rafiq |

Argument

Peace Out

What the Taliban flag debacle tells us about America's reluctance to negotiate an end to the Afghan war. 

Hamdullah Mohib and Lael Mohib |

Argument

Why Is China Talking to the Taliban?

Inside Beijing’s plan to set up shop in post-Karzai Kabul.

Andrew Small |

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 |

Micah Zenko

Confront and Confuse

Did Obama's speech actually say anything new about drones?

Micah Zenko |

By Other Means

The War Professor

Can Obama finally make the legal case for his war on terror?

Rosa Brooks |

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 |

Dispatch

Janus in Islamabad

Is Pakistan's once and likely future prime minister someone the United States can work with?

Emily Cadei |

Argument

It's Morning in Islamabad

Yes, it’s broke, violent, and tumultuous. But here are five reasons Pakistan is better off than you think.

Mosharraf Zaidi |

Argument

Kabul's Unlikely New Ally

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

Daniel Sagalyn |

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

Welcome to Cocainebougou

Amid the drug palaces of northern Mali, it's easy to see why this war will be hard to win.

Yochi Dreazen |

Dispatch

Leaning Out

How the United States is abandoning Afghanistan's women.

Amie Ferris-Rotman |

Argument

Missing in Action

Extremists are destroying the fabric of Pakistani society. Where is the government?

Mosharraf Zaidi |

Feature

The Inside Story of How the White House Let Diplomacy Fail in Afghanistan

"My time in the Obama administration turned out to be a deeply disillusioning experience."

Vali Nasr |

Argument

What Went Right?

Critics of the war are missing the big picture: Afghanistan is much better off today.

Peter Bergen |

Dispatch

Love Is a Battlefield

Are the Taliban using sex to fight America?

Mujib Mashal |