I Was a Marine in Afghanistan
June 04, 2014
The POW loomed ever-present. And it was not a welcome presence.
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.
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.
Afghan Tales, a traveling photo exhibition, aims to counter the stereotypical vision of Afghanistan with images of daily life in the war-torn country.
And he's willing to do whatever it takes—starting with his warlord running mate.
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.