Start Small to Stop the Next ISIS
One year on from the defeat of the Islamic State, the new U.S. Congress should draw on lessons learned from efforts to counter violent extremism.
Afghanistan’s Taliban Is in It to Win It
The United States should remember Islamist militants are playing the long game.
Shutting Out Iran Will Make the Afghan War Even Deadlier
Washington's hard line gives Tehran every reason to fund the Taliban.
Afghanistan’s Rivers Could Be India’s Next Weapon Against Pakistan
New Delhi is funding an ambitious dam near Kabul that could reduce water flow to its rival downstream. The project might spark the world’s next conflict.
For Them, Afghanistan Is Safer Than China
Persecution in Xinjiang is pushing Uighurs over the border.
Afghanistan’s Strongman Democracy
Flawed and messy as it was, the vote was still good for democracy.
The Taliban Just Won a Key Battle for Afghanistan’s Future
The killing of a strongman police chief creates a dangerous power vacuum.
The United States Needs an Afghanistan Exit Strategy
Washington should hand over U.S. military and political roles to other countries, including China.
Bolton Puts Mattis in a Tight Spot on Syria
Legally, the U.S. has to use troops there to fight the Islamic State. But the White House wants them to deter Iran.
Talking to the Taliban
On the podcast: American journalist Ashley Jackson wanted to learn more about Taliban leaders. So she donned a burqa and knocked on their doors.
John Bolton’s Obsession With the International Criminal Court Is Outdated
If Trump’s advisors are all off giving irrelevant speeches on old preoccupations, who is minding the president?
The Taliban’s Fight for Hearts and Minds
The militants’ new strategy is to out-govern the U.S.-backed administration in Kabul—and it’s working.
Afghanistan Is Trying to Save Its Child Bombers
In a Kabul clinic, staff struggle to help teenagers drafted by the Taliban.
Security Brief: Reality on the Ground in Afghanistan; Senate Loses a ‘Lion’
Catch up on everything you need to know about the forever war in Afghanistan, the legacy of Sen. John McCain, North Korea’s reaction to Trump’s latest tweet, and more.
One Year On, Little to Show for Trump’s Afghanistan Strategy
The Pentagon says the United States is winning the war, but after 17 years, there’s still no end in sight.
The Abuse Scandal Rocking Australia’s Special Operations Forces
How changing military strategy may have led to misconduct.
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.
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.
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.