Who Will Win the Global War for Talent?
After the Great Lockdown will come the next Great Migration.
U.S. Military Concedes It’s Unready to Fight Terrorism From ‘Over the Horizon’
Centcom will be flying blind for years in Afghanistan—and likely missing terrorists while killing innocents, experts say.
Islamic State-Khorasan’s Reach Extends Far Beyond Afghanistan
The extremist group seeks to destabilize South and Central Asia.
Biden’s Conundrum: How to Pressure the Taliban Without Hurting Afghans
After 20 years of building up Afghanistan, can the United States really cut the country off now?
Is Islamic Terrorism Coming to the U.S. Again?
After the deadly Kabul attack, the CIA pins its hopes on an unconventional counterterrorism strategy.
Lessons From Biden’s Very Bad Week
The U.S. president’s refusal to acknowledge error has dismayed supporters and European allies.
Caution and Schadenfreude in Moscow as the U.S. Moment in Afghanistan Ends
Russia signals an openness to working with the Taliban.
How Biden Was Right About Afghanistan—and Disastrously Wrong
The president is taking flak from all sides, but the timing of the Taliban takeover could minimize the political damage.
How Pakistan Could Become Biden’s Worst Enemy
The United States is banking on Islamabad to broker successful peace talks with the Taliban. That’s not likely to happen.
China and the Taliban Begin Their Romance
Beijing has its eyes set on using Afghanistan as a strategic corridor once U.S. troops are out of the way.
Central Asia Braces for Fallout of U.S. Pullout From Afghanistan
Since the war began, America has had one lens for Central Asia. What happens now?
Kazakhstan’s Alternative Media Is Thriving—and in Danger
A vibrant society is under threat from the authoritarian government.
What Kazakhstan Can Teach About Medium-State Diplomacy
How the self-styled “Asian Geneva” successfully navigated among Russia, China, and the West—at least for now.
Uzbekistan’s Online Religious Revival
After years of state oppression, many Uzbeks are finding stricter interpretations of Islam on the internet. Some experts say it could have radical consequences.
Jihadist Networks Dig In on Social Media Across Central Asia
Almost 500 extremist channels on Telegram, VKontakte, and other networks spread propaganda and vie for recruits. Most of them have ties to the Islamic State.
Kyrgyzstan’s Protests Won’t Keep Corrupt Criminals Out of Politics
Members of the criminal underworld have long turned to politics to avoid prosecution. Ousting one set of corrupt leaders in favor of another won’t end the country’s crisis.
Is a Vice President Who Doesn’t Know Much About Foreign Policy a National Security Risk?
Pence and Harris talked about international politics at the debate, but their performances will leave voters asking if they would be ready to act as commander in chief.