Taliban

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.

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

"When the Talib Said, 'Which One of You is Malala,' I Squeezed My Friend's Hand"
Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban for speaking up. Now she's telling her story.
October 05, 2013

One way: to recover as gracefully as 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai has from being shot in the face

The Heroism of Malala
July 12, 2013

This morning, Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist the Taliban shot in the head in 2012 in an attempt to silence her crusade for girls’ education, addressed the United Nations in her first public speech since her attempted assasination.

The Last Men
December 21, 2012

Charlie Troop had six months to save a forgotten Afghan district. But what, and who, would they leave behind?

Paul Ryan, Global Thinker?
November 28, 2012

There was some question as to whether Paul Ryan's intellectual reputation would survive 2012. Judging from Foreign Policy magazine, it has.

Why the Taliban Shot the Schoolgirl
October 19, 2012

In Pakistan, and Afghanistan, the struggle for gender equality is the campaign against totalitarianism.

After Abbottabad: Navy SEALs and American Security
October 19, 2012

What's next for Navy's SEAL Team Six?

America’s Scandalous Drone War Goes Unmentioned in the Campaign
September 26, 2012

A new study released this week by researchers at Stanford and NYU has found that American drone strikes in Pakistan are killing far more civilians than advertised, taking out few high value targets, and have become the primary recruiting tool for the terrorist groups the policy is aimed at combating.

Muslim Protesters Think Locally, Rage Globally
September 21, 2012

 “When someone says something derogatory against our religion Islam or against our Prophet,” said a mild mannered religious scholar on a Pakistani TV channel recently, “even an ant becomes a lion.” There was a brief delay here after the latest deliberate provocation—last Friday, expectant foreign correspondents gathered outside the usual mosques to watch only a few dozen protestors turned out to burn American flags—but eventually the ants did their duty.  As I write these lines, violent protests have broken out across Pakistan on the occasion of a newly-declared national holiday, the Day of

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