Afghanistan

Pakistan's cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice) speaks to the media after casting his vote at a polling station during the general election in Islamabad on July 25, 2018. (AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Imran Khan’s Shine Won’t Last as Pakistan’s Prime Minister

As an athlete, Khan was universally loved. As a politician, he's deeply polarizing.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis speaks to the media prior to hosting an Honor Cordon for His Excellency Yusuf bin Alawi, Oman's Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Security Brief: No, Trump is not about to order a strike on Iran; U.S. may return to North Korea to look for more war remains; Mattis vs the First Amendment

Catch up on everything you need to know about the false reports that Trump is about to order a strike against Iran, North Korea returning Korean War dead, and the Secretary of Defense’s response to reports the Pentagon is denying media access.

A demonstrator wearing a mask painted with the colors of the flag of East Turkestan and a hand bearing the colors of the Chinese flag attends a protest  in front of the Chinese consulate in Istanbul, on July 5, 2018.(OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

Islamic Leaders Have Nothing to Say About China’s Internment Camps for Muslims

Hundreds of thousands of Uighur have been detained without trial in China's western region of Xinjiang.

Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan (C) gestures from the stage during a by-election campaign event in Karachi on April 9, 2015. (RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP/Getty Images)

Imran Khan Can’t Fix Pakistan’s Foreign Policy

The fiery electoral front-runner will be hemmed in on all sides if he wins.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives at Camp Alvarado in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 9, 2018. (Andrew Harnik/AFP/Getty Images)

It Still Doesn’t Get Worse Than Afghanistan

From alienating allies to starting trade wars, Trump has made plenty of foreign-policy errors. But his biggest blunder is the one Obama handed him.

Sikh community leader Rawail Singh lights the Diwali lamps with his daughter Komal on Oct. 18, 2017, in Kabul. (Ruchi Kumar for Foreign Policy)

‘We Belong to Afghanistan’

Rawail Singh believed in a peaceful future for Sikhs like him in his homeland — and died for it.

Children working as street hawkers at a bazaar in western Kabul say their biggest fears are “terrorist attacks”
where they work and kidnappings. (Preethi Nallu/Samuel Hall)

Children Are Paying the Price for Afghanistan’s Endless War

As schools become targets, young Afghans are living and working on the streets — and the government isn’t doing much to protect them.

Kandahar Air Field on Sep. 9, 2017. (Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)

False Dawn in Afghanistan?

A temporary Taliban truce, despite the opportunity it presents, doesn’t mean peace is about to break out anytime soon.

A U.S. Army helicopter flies from Camp Shorab to Camp Bost on Sept. 11, 2017 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. (Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)

 The Afghan War Isn’t Being Won, Says New Pentagon Audit

A new summary of the country’s troubles by a special inspector general doesn’t paint an optimistic picture.

Congressional candidates Elissa Slotkin, Gina Ortiz Jones, Regina Bateson, Sarah Jacobs, Tom Malinowski, and Andy Kim. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images/Ana Isabel Photography/Regina Bateson campaign/Tom Malinowski campaign/Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/Andy Kim campaign/Foreign Policy illustration)

Can Obama’s National Security Braintrust Get Elected in the Age of Trump?

Foreign-policy alumni are trying to shake off the “D.C. insider” reputation and sail into Congress.

Mike Pompeo during his confirmation hearing to be CIA director in Washington on Jan. 12, 2017. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Here’s What the Senate Should Ask Mike Pompeo

Democratic foreign-policy veterans want answers from Trump’s pick for secretary of state.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis walks with Gen. John Nicholson at the Resolute Support Mission headquarters on an unannounced visit to Kabul on March 13, 2018.
THOMAS WATKINS/AFP/Getty Images

Security Brief: Russia Providing Arms to Taliban; China’s Global Kidnapping Campaign

"We've had weapons brought to this headquarters and given to us by Afghan leaders and [they] said, this was given by the Russians to the Taliban."

A man waves a Pakistani flag at the Wagah border crossing with India on March 11, 2004. (Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Is Trump Ready to Dump Pakistan?

The White House is talking tough, but previous U.S. presidents never managed to persuade Islamabad to fight Afghan militants.

An Afghan army soldier takes position near an office of the British charity Save the Children during an ongoing attack in Jalalabad on Jan. 24.
 (Noorullah Shirzada /AFP/Getty Images)

Before Trump’s Speech, More Bad News From the Afghan Front

As Trump prepares to rally support for the 16-year mission in his State of the Union address, the Pentagon is reluctant to divulge details about the war effort.

U.S. President Donald Trump in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on May 21, 2017. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Sound and Fury Has Signified Nothing

The president’s style has been unique, but the substance of his foreign policy is surprisingly familiar.

Pakistani Rangers at the India-Pakistan Wagah Border Post on August 14, 2016. (Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistan Has All the Leverage Over Trump

Why Islamabad isn’t worried about threats to cut off U.S. aid

A demonstrator catches fire, after the gas tank of a police motorbike exploded, during clashes in a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas on May 3. (Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images)

10 Conflicts to Watch in 2018

From North Korea to Venezuela, here are the conflicts to watch in 2018.

Various members of the Afghan armed forces unload a casualty from an ambulance at the Tirinkot airbase in Uruzgan province on May 4.

The Walking Dead

As U.S. troops draw down, the Afghan military struggles to provide care for its countless wounded soldiers — on the battlefield and at home.

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