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An Afghan man belonging to the Uzbek ethnic group feeds pigeons in front of the shrine of Hazrat-i-Ali, in Mazar-i-Sharif the capital of the northern Afghan Balkh province on June 2, 2007.

Afghans Don’t Need U.S. Troops. They Need Islands of Stability.

Here’s how the Biden administration can prevent chaos in Afghanistan, even after it withdraws.

In this picture taken on December 14, 2019, a young shepherd plays with his sheep on the outskirts of Logar province. (FARID ZAHIR/AFP via Getty Images)

‘The Taliban Have Tracked Me’

In Logar Province, just outside of Kabul, fear of a Taliban takeover rises.

Children walk through ruins in the Qarabagh district of Afghanistan.

Afghans Haven’t Forgotten Taliban Atrocities

The United States’ withdrawal may be a balm domestically. It’s anything but for those that lived through the horror.

The headquarters of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is located in The Hague on April 4, 2018.

Don’t Kick Russia Out of the Chemical Weapons Convention Over Navalny

Doing so would be a death sentence for global nonproliferation efforts.

U.S. troops return home from Afghanistan

‘Bring the Troops Home’ Is a Dream, Not a Strategy

A full withdrawal from Afghanistan is a costly blunder and failure of leadership.

U.N. General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir is seen on a screen at right as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (out of frame) holds a virtual meeting with him via videoconference from the State Department in Washington, D.C., on March 29.

Zoom Won’t Stop a Nuclear War

The red telephone is gone, but a new generation of nuclear hotlines is sorely needed to manage international crises.

A woman waits for her son to arrive in Pemba, Mozambique, on a boat of evacuees from the coasts of Palma on April 1.

Why Experts Ignore Terrorism in Africa

If the world really cares about the continent’s future, it will start paying attention now.

Representatives of the European Union and Iran attend nuclear talks at the Grand Hotel in Vienna on April 6.

Israel Should Support Biden’s Efforts to Revive the Iran Nuclear Deal

Reducing Iran’s breakout time and restoring robust monitoring are the most urgent priorities. A return to the JCPOA can achieve these goals.

A U.S. soldier dressed in a World War II military uniform picks up sand from Omaha beach next to a U.S. soldier looking at a man driving a horse sulky on the sidelines of a ceremony in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, western France, on June 5, 2019.

The U.S. Military Needs Citizen-Soldiers, Not Warriors

The recent obsession with the term is misguided and harmful.

Australian infantrymen sit on a transport as they head toward the beach at Gallipoli, Turkey, in 1915.

The Real Reason Britain Gambled at Gallipoli

A new book argues that Churchill’s famous folly was ultimately about food, fear, and free trade.

U.S. Army troops from the 10th Mountain Division collect their duffels after returning from a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan to Fort Drum, New York, on Dec. 8, 2020.

What to Do With U.S. Forces in the Persian Gulf

As the United States leaves Afghanistan, the question of troops in the Middle East to support the Afghan mission looms large.

biden afghan withdrawal

Is Leaving Afghanistan Misguided or Overdue?

Biden’s withdrawal announcement is meant to end a 20-year war, but Washington has been dragged back into conflicts before.

U.S. President Joe Biden walks through Arlington National Cemetery.

Biden’s War at Home Over Afghanistan Is Just Beginning

After making the right call on withdrawal, the U.S. president better get ready for second-guessing.

A U.S. soldier during Operation Khanjari in Afghanistan.

Biden Just Made a Historic Break With the Logic of Forever War

But will he really end the United States’ other open-ended conflicts?

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