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 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.

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.

The Men (and One Woman) Who Might Be Afghanistan's Next President
July 11, 2013

President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai essentially just had a Skype breakup.