Afghanistan

Iraqi men flash the victory gesture from inside a car during the Hashed Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) paramilitary forces' celebrations marking the first anniversary of victory over the Islamic State (IS) group on December 10, 2018. (Mohammed Sawaf/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Afghan security forces and investigators gather at the site of a suicide bomb attack outside a British security firm's compound in Kabul, a day after the blast on November 29, 2018.  (NOORULLAH SHIRZADA/AFP/Getty Images)

Afghanistan’s Taliban Is in It to Win It

The United States should remember Islamist militants are playing the long game.

Afghan security forces personnel are seen at the site of a car bomb attack in Kabul on May 31, 2017. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)

In Afghanistan, a 17-Year Stalemate

America’s top general admits the war is at an impasse.

Afghan Taliban militants stand with residents as they took to the street to celebrate ceasefire on the second day of Eid in the outskirts of Jalalabad on June 16,2018. - Taliban fighters and Afghan security forces hugged and took selfies with each other in restive eastern Afghanistan on June 16, as an unprecedented ceasefire in the war-torn country held for the second day of Eid. (NOORULLAH SHIRZADA/AFP/Getty Images)

Shutting Out Iran Will Make the Afghan War Even Deadlier

Washington's hard line gives Tehran every reason to fund the Taliban.

Afghanistan National Army  soldiers are reflected in the water as they stand near a dam during a ceremony on March 25, 2012.

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.

Ethnic Uigur women look through a security fence as Chinese soldiers stand guard in Urumqi, in China's far west Xinjiang region, on July 9, 2009. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)

For Them, Afghanistan Is Safer Than China

Persecution in Xinjiang is pushing Uighurs over the border.

Afghan women wait in line to vote at a polling center for the country’s legislative election in Herat province on Oct. 20. (Hoshang Hashimi/AFP/Getty Images)

Afghanistan’s Strongman Democracy

Flawed and messy as it was, the vote was still good for democracy.

Kandahar Police Chief Abdul Raziq poses during a graduation ceremony at a police training center in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on Feb. 19, 2017. (Jawed Tanveer/AFP/Getty Images)

The Taliban Just Won a Key Battle for Afghanistan’s Future

The killing of a strongman police chief creates a dangerous power vacuum.

U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province on July 7. (Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States Needs an Afghanistan Exit Strategy

Washington should hand over U.S. military and political roles to other countries, including China.

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis and National Security Advisor John Bolton attend the opening ceremony at the 2018 NATO Summit at NATO headquarters in Brussels on July 11.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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.

People walk near destroyed houses after a Taliban attack in Ghazni, Afghanistan on Aug. 16. (Zakeria Hashimi/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton addresses the Federalist Society in Washington on Sept. 10. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

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 scene on the main road of Nawa-i-Barakzai district center in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Aug. 2. The Taliban held the area from October 2016 to July 2017.

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.

Ismail Khan, 14, at the juvenile rehabilitation center in Kabul on Aug. 11. He was caught during an operation to carry ammunition for Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, which he joined after his parent and sister were killed by rocket fire in 2014.

Afghanistan Is Trying to Save Its Child Bombers

In a Kabul clinic, staff struggle to help teenagers drafted by the Taliban.

Afghan Shiite mourners offer funeral prayers for nine victims, who were killed in a suicide attack the previous day, in Kabul on August 16, 2018. NOORULLAH SHIRZADA/AFP/Getty Images

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.

Afghan residents walk near destroyed houses after a Taliban attack in Ghazni on Aug. 16. (Zakeria Hashimi/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

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.

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