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.
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.
Goodbye War on Terror, Hello China and Russia
Five Reads: The best Foreign Policy stories of 2018 on defense and security.
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.
Afghanistan’s Strongman Democracy
Flawed and messy as it was, the vote was still good for democracy.
The Taliban Just Won a Key Battle for Afghanistan’s Future
The killing of a strongman police chief creates a dangerous power vacuum.
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.
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.
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.
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.
False Dawn in Afghanistan?
A temporary Taliban truce, despite the opportunity it presents, doesn’t mean peace is about to break out anytime soon.
Security Brief: Russia Providing Arms to Taliban; China’s Global Kidnapping Campaign
"We've had weapons brought to this headquarters and given to us by Afghan leaders and [they] said, this was given by the Russians to the Taliban."
Is Trump Ready to Dump Pakistan?
The White House is talking tough, but previous U.S. presidents never managed to persuade Islamabad to fight Afghan militants.
Learning to Fight When Screens Go Dark
If we woke up tomorrow and found that none of our laptops, iPhones, iPads, or personal assistants worked, what would we do?
The Walking Dead
As U.S. troops draw down, the Afghan military struggles to provide care for its countless wounded soldiers — on the battlefield and at home.