How War Traumatizes the Victims and the Perpetrators
On the podcast: A new film explores the experience of Australian soldiers in Afghanistan.
How the CIA Aims to Keep a Footprint in Afghanistan
Even as talks with the Taliban point to a cease-fire, a CIA-trained force will likely continue its shadow war, often at the expense of civilians.
Don’t Give Up on the ICC
The International Criminal Court has many flaws, but abandoning it now would give free rein to war criminals and open the door to impunity.
Trump’s Hard Line on Pakistan Is All Bluster
U.S. needs in Afghanistan have overridden promises to get tough on Islamabad.
A U.S. Marine Looks Back at Fallujah
On the podcast: Elliot Ackerman served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Limited Wars Are Forever Wars
A new book looks at why the U.S. military keeps trapping itself in endless conflicts.
Imran Khan Mustn’t Let Trump Make Pakistan a Scapegoat
Almost four decades after the first U.S.-Pakistani mission in Afghanistan, Islamabad risks getting caught in the crosshairs of great-power politics again. Only deft diplomacy will save it.
Afghanistan’s Forests Are Turning a Profit for the Islamic State
Wood smuggling is big business for the terrorist group.
The Taliban Have a Road Map for Peace
A translation of the statement from the Taliban and Afghan officials.
There Will Be No Peace for Afghanistan
Despite optimistic signs from U.S.-led peace talks in Qatar, Afghanistan’s future looks bleak.
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.
U.S. Raises the Stakes in Afghanistan From the Air
Civilian deaths mount as Washington tries to pressure the Taliban in peace talks.