Afghanistan

I Was a Marine in Afghanistan
Bowe Bergdahl haunted us all
June 04, 2014

The POW loomed ever-present. And it was not a welcome presence. 

Conservative Critics of the Bergdahl-Taliban Swap Have Some Explaining to Do
June 03, 2014

Most conservatives aren't arguing that the U.S. should have left Bowe Bergdahl behind, but it's the inescapable conclusion of their opportunistic critique.

Obama's New Guidelines for War Don't Provide Much Guidance on Iran and Syria
May 28, 2014

The speech was a valuable retreat from mindless saber-rattling, but it didn’t provide much guidance to West Point's cadets or foreign policy planners in Washington.

Balloons and Bodybuilders: A Fresh Look at Modern Afghanistan
April 16, 2014

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

This Former Johns Hopkins Professor Could Be Afghanistan's Next President
And his running mate is a brutal warlord
March 27, 2014

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

Lorrie Moore Has a Politics Problem
What happens when fiction abuses the war on terror
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?
The former Defense Secretary: Indignant, effective, and often wrong.
February 25, 2014

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

Study: Afghans Are More Apt to Forgive Taliban Violence than U.S. Violence. Why?
January 07, 2014

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

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