India’s Afghan Dilemma Is Tougher Than Ever
As the United States contemplates leaving, New Delhi quietly reaches out to the Taliban.
Afghan Women Are ‘Not Willing to Give Up Their Rights’
In an interview, Afghanistan’s first female ambassador to Washington sets a hard line for Taliban peace talks.
How the Taliban Won
On the podcast: Former Pakistani Ambassador Husain Haqqani on America’s endgame in Afghanistan.
Don’t Trust the Taliban’s Promises
U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan would leave a power vacuum filled by terrorists.
Why America Lost in Afghanistan
Successive U.S. administrations failed to heed the lessons of a forgotten counterinsurgency success story from Vietnam.
Don’t Let Democrats Become the Party of War
In their zeal to oppose any policy associated with Trump, the Democratic Party’s leaders in Congress are starting to sound like warmongers.
It’s Time to Trust the Taliban
Afghanistan’s jihadi insurgents are ready to give America what it wants: defeat without humiliation.
As U.S. Mulls Withdrawal From Afghanistan, Russia Wants Back in
By holding its own peace talks, Moscow is laying the groundwork to play kingmaker.
Will Zalmay Khalilzad Be Known as the Man Who Lost Afghanistan?
The lifelong booster of American power is caught between Trump’s withdrawal plans and the Taliban threat.
Ryan Crocker: The Taliban Will ‘Retake the Country’
Former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan likens Trump "framework" deal to U.S. position on Vietnam at Paris peace talks.
Security Brief: Afghan Peace Talks Take Step Forward; The 5G Race With China
American and Taliban negotiators agree to a framework for peace deal, and Washington pushes allies to ban Chinese telecom equipment.
From Blackwater to Batteries
Erik Prince has moved beyond mercenary armies. His next project is mining minerals in Congo and Afghanistan to help power electric cars. It’s unlikely to help conflict-ridden countries—and could harm them.
Why Jim Webb Might Be Trump’s Ideal Secretary of Defense
His many controversial comments often align with the president’s views.
Trump’s 2019 Vision: Let Others Fight Our Battles
The U.S. president says Afghanistan is Pakistan and Russia’s business and calls Syria nothing but “sand and death.”
10 Conflicts to Watch in 2019
As U.S. leadership fades, authoritarian leaders are competing to see how much they can get away with.
Goodbye War on Terror, Hello China and Russia
Five Reads: The best Foreign Policy stories of 2018 on defense and security.
Mattis’s Resignation Isn’t a Crisis Yet—But It Probably Will Be
The U.S. secretary of defense was right to resign in protest, but Trump can’t handle the consequences.
Trump Leaves Behind Mess for Afghans to Clean Up
Reports of the withdrawal of U.S. troops took Afghans by surprise. And it gives the Taliban exactly what they want.
With Mattis Gone, Is Trump Unleashed?
The defense secretary once restrained him, but now the president has free rein over U.S. foreign policy.