Afghanistan

Afghan Tales, a traveling photo exhibition, aims to counter the stereotypical vision of Afghanistan with images of daily life in the war-torn country.

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This Former Johns Hopkins Professor Could Be Afghanistan's Next President

And his running mate is a brutal warlord

And he's willing to do whatever it takes—starting with his warlord running mate.

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Lorrie Moore Has a Politics Problem

What happens when fiction abuses the war on terror

Lorrie Moore is as talented as ever. But her attempts at post-September 11 topicality can be excruciating.

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Why Is Robert Gates Angry?

The former Defense Secretary: Indignant, effective, and often wrong.

Robert Gates was one of the most effective secretaries of defense in recent history. He was also one of the most restraineduntil now.

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Since it became apparent several years ago that both the Afghan and Pakistani states were either unable or unwilling to wage full-on war against the Taliban groups that plague both countries, the word on every diplomat's list has been "talks." Sitting down with the Taliban, the theory went, was the only way to end the war in Afghanistan and bring peace to the country's eastern neighbor, Pakistan. The Taliban may be a band of murderous thugs, but you should not refuse to talk to people simply because they are evil.

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This year will mark the withdrawal of the vast majority—and perhaps all—of the American troops in Afghanistan. The current president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, has enraged American officials and diplomats by refusing to sign an agreement that would keep an American presence in the country. Karzai and his government have also been increasingly vocal in blaming American forces for civilian casualties. 

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An anthropologist studies Afghan hearts and minds, and finds something disturbing.

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As a security deal between the U.S. and Afghanistan stalls, this is what the future looks like.

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Sebastiano Tomada Piccolomini's photos of the men who will take over a war 

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The superb story by Matthew Rosenberg in The New York Times on Tuesday, casually titled 'U.S. Disrupts Tack on Militants,' is actually one of the scarier things written about Afghanistan in quite a while. (And that is saying something). One of the numerous problems confronting Afghanistan is that it faces various threats from extremist groups that operate out of Pakistan.

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