Afghanistan

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John Bolton’s Obsession With the International Criminal Court Is Outdated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.

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.

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