Leaders Meet Over EU’s Future
Plus: Netanyahu faces a deadline to form a coalition, a mass stabbing in Japan, and what to watch in the world this week.
Afghanistan’s Air Is Deadlier Than Its War
Every winter, Kabul’s skies turn black — and children die.
The World This Weekend
Iran’s saber-rattling falls flat, and Alabama’s anti-abortion law echos Romania’s past.
How Richard Holbrooke Represented America’s Best and Worst Impulses
On the podcast: George Packer, in conversation with Stephen M. Walt, on America’s long-serving diplomat.
Huawei Ban Takes Effect
The U.S. ban of Huawei escalates the trade war with China, government and opposition representatives for Venezuela return to the negotiating table, and U.S. lawmakers fear skewed intelligence on Iran.
U.S. Raises the Stakes in Afghanistan From the Air
Civilian deaths mount as Washington tries to pressure the Taliban in peace talks.
Once Upon a Time, Americans Believed in America
A new biography of Richard Holbrooke is a portrait of an era when the United States was at the center of the world—and assumed it should be.
For Afghan Refugees, Pakistan Is a Nightmare—but Also Home
Host to one of the world’s largest refugee populations, the country is trying to figure out how to push migrants out. But that will mean sending many Afghans back to a country they’ve never lived in.
What Afghan Women (and Men) Really Want
Access to employment and education are local priorities. Here’s how the West can work with the Taliban to ensure those rights.
Beijing Eyes Afghanistan’s Intimate Wars
Afghan militia members driven from their homes square off against Uighur exiles.
‘Let’s Kill This Baby in the Crib’
That’s what the CIA said when it had Osama bin Laden in its sights after 9/11. Instead, America veered off into Iraq, and the result is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who appeared in a new video this week.
The 9/11 Generation Served. Now It Wants to Lead.
Three Democrats running for the White House fought in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—and they came back with very different ideas.
Critics Should Stop Declaring Defeat in Afghanistan
The war is not yet over and its outcome is not yet certain.
‘The 21st-Century Space Race Is On’
Michael Waltz, Congress’s first Green Beret, talks about the new Space Force and America’s budding commercial launch industry.
Americans Can’t Give Up The Cult of War
The endless conflicts in Afghanistan and the Middle East are ritual, not strategy.
For Afghan Refugee Women, There’s No Escape From Violence
Thousands of women have set off on their own for Turkey, but harassment from Afghan men often follows them to their new country.
U.S. Eyes Plans to Cut Diplomatic Staff in Afghanistan, Iraq
Officials say it's time to shift diplomatic resources to countering China and Russia.
China and Pakistan Have Struck a Devil’s Bargain With Militants
Beijing may be safeguarding its interests with the Taliban.
The Afghan Government Can’t Make Peace With the Taliban on Its Own
Negotiations involving a broad group that represents all of Afghanistan—not just its senior politicians—are the only way to achieve a lasting settlement.
Trump Doesn’t Deserve Any Credit for His Disruptive Foreign Policy
There’s no substance behind arguments that the U.S. president is using his unpredictability to the country’s advantage.