Lorrie Moore Has a Politics Problem
March 02, 2014
Lorrie Moore is as talented as ever. But her attempts at post-September 11 topicality can be excruciating.
Why Is Robert Gates Angry?
February 25, 2014
Robert Gates was one of the most effective secretaries of defense in recent history. He was also one of the most restrained—until now.
Talks With the Taliban: First Failure, Then Humiliation
February 04, 2014
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." Sittin
Interview: What Kind of Game is Hamid Karzai Playing?
January 30, 2014
This year will mark the withdrawal of the vast majority—and perhaps all—of the American troops in Afghanistan.
An anthropologist studies Afghan hearts and minds, and finds something disturbing.
This Map Predicts Where Violence Will Erupt in Afghanistan
November 25, 2013
As a security deal between the U.S. and Afghanistan stalls, this is what the future looks like.
Photos: The Afghan Army Prepares to Fight on Its Own
November 24, 2013
Sebastiano Tomada Piccolomini's photos of the men who will take over a war
An Absolutely Frightening Story in 'The New York Times'
October 29, 2013
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).
Video Games Are Making Us Too Comfortable With the Modern Surveillance State
September 26, 2013
It's hard to remember the first time I noticed a camera filming me in public. There was no genesis point, no camera zero that commenced the age of being conscious of having an unseen audience.
President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai essentially just had a Skype breakup.