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.
The U.S. won't scuttle Pakistan's peace talks with the Taliban -- so long as no one tries to make peace.
How a triple murder in Karachi left the Taliban not just making headlines, but writing them, too.
As the U.S. retrograde hits its peak, what will America really leave behind in Afghanistan?
The Pakistani Taliban aren't headed off to fight in Syria. They're gearing up for an epic war at home.
What the Taliban flag debacle tells us about America's reluctance to negotiate an end to the Afghan war.
Inside Beijing’s plan to set up shop in post-Karzai Kabul.
Pakistan isn't helping the Afghan government end its standoff with the Taliban -- so Karzai is looking to India instead.
Is Pakistan's once and likely future prime minister someone the United States can work with?
Yes, it’s broke, violent, and tumultuous. But here are five reasons Pakistan is better off than you think.
The persistent dangers of low-tech warfare.
Why John Brennan should give a passport and $10K to every Gitmo prisoner.
Amid the drug palaces of northern Mali, it's easy to see why this war will be hard to win.
Extremists are destroying the fabric of Pakistani society. Where is the government?
"My time in the Obama administration turned out to be a deeply disillusioning experience."
Critics of the war are missing the big picture: Afghanistan is much better off today.
Because that's where we're headed.
Barack Obama has clearly decided to cut his losses in Afghanistan. Will all hell break lose when he does?