Afghanistan

People walk across carpeting with the EU flag  at the German Christian Democrats (CDU) headquarters during European Parliament elections on May 26 in Berlin, Germany.

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.

A mother carries her sick child inside the respiratory wing of the Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital in Kabul on Feb. 18.

Afghanistan’s Air Is Deadlier Than Its War

Every winter, Kabul’s skies turn black — and children die.

An Iranian military truck carries surface-to-air missiles past a portrait of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a parade on the occasion of the country's annual army day on April 18, 2018, in Tehran.

The World This Weekend

Iran’s saber-rattling falls flat, and Alabama’s anti-abortion law echos Romania’s past.

On the First Person podcast: Stephen M. Walt talks with George Packer about Richard Holbrooke, America’s long-serving diplomat.

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.

People check their mobile phones next to Huawei advertising in Shanghai, China, on May 10.

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.

Juma Khan gathers with neighbors on March 31 at the site of what appears to be a U.S. airstrike in which 13 members of an extended family, including his daughter, son-in-law, and numerous grandchildren, were killed in the village of Aqulabul, near Telawka, north of Kunduz, Afghanistan, on March 22.

U.S. Raises the Stakes in Afghanistan From the Air

Civilian deaths mount as Washington tries to pressure the Taliban in peace talks.

Richard Holbrooke at the Joint Summit on Business and AIDS in China on March 18, 2005 in Beijing, China.

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.

Afghan refugees arrive at a U.N.-run repatriation center in Torkham, Afghanistan on Oct. 31, 2016.

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.

Afghan girls raise their hands during English class at the Bibi Mahroo high school in Kabul on Nov. 22, 2006.

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.

Members of Warduj’s Afghan Local Police unit in front of their main base in their exile in Bahorak on Aug. 24, 2018.

Beijing Eyes Afghanistan’s Intimate Wars

Afghan militia members driven from their homes square off against Uighur exiles.

A screen grab from a propaganda video released April 29 purportedly shows Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi for the first time in five years at an undisclosed location.

‘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.

Pete Buttigieg reacts as he sees an overflow crowd waiting for him at a meet-and-greet at Madhouse Coffee on April 8, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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.

Freshman Congressman Michael Waltz, a combat-decorated Green Beret, represents Florida’s 6th congressional district. (Rep. Waltz's website)

‘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.

US soldiers stand next to coffins bearing the remains of missing soldiers from the Vietnam War on a military transport plane during a repatriation ceremony at Danang airport on April 15, 2018. (Linh Pham/AFP/Getty Images)

Americans Can’t Give Up The Cult of War

The endless conflicts in Afghanistan and the Middle East are ritual, not strategy.

An Afghan refugee stands in the sun with her daughter in the coastal town of Cesme, Turkey, on Dec. 4, 2015. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

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. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives at Camp Alvarado after meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul on July 9, 2018. (Andrew Harnik/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Participants arrive to attend a two-day gathering of the Taliban and Afghan opposition representatives at the President Hotel in Moscow on Feb. 5.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a news conference following his second summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi on Feb. 28. (Tuan Mark/Getty Images)

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.

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