As an interpreter for the U.S. Army and NATO during the last eight years in Afghanistan, I recognize that the Afghan government, despite receiving billions of dollars in U.S. assistance, is now a failed state.
Politicians and the school boards, time and again, claim their school systems are broke. No money for books, teacher's salaries and pensions, healthy lunches, etc. And yet, in 2015, the U.S. spent $598 billion on the military. That's nearly 10 times what it spent on education.
Project 22 includes interviews with veterans who have found help and support for problems they faced after coming home through various therapies and programs
Think of what, for example, Cambodia, Rwanda, and Mali could learn from each other in deploying culture to help recovery from conflict. These countries all understand the value of culture in fostering peace, harmony, and economic development.
Pakistani civil and military leaders, as well as the society, must realize what is bad for Kabul and Delhi is bad for Lahore, too. The Pakistan state policy of using jihadist terror to wage proxy wars is backfiring, as the Lahore bombing on Easter Sunday has tragically demonstrated.
This week we begin a two part series on a post-ISIS Middle East. In Part I we look at "The Middle East after ISIS." Next week, in Part II, we examine whether a post-ISIS Middle East can be stabilized and what role, if any, the U.S. and its allies can play.
Although a religious identity, if not exclusionary and fanatic, may not be a problem, the Pakistani version is intolerant, extreme and murderous.
A leading presidential candidate recently dismissed the threat of climate change by saying, "I think our biggest form of climate change we should worry about is nuclear weapons." It's a silly statement, but it represents a school of thought that climate change isn't a serious issue.
When I was a college student at Cornell University over three decades ago I decided to major in history because I felt it would allow me to understand...
The reality is that sometimes the trigger does need to be pulled. And pulled fast, too. With ISIS, Obama has been consistently late and light.
In recent times, one of the strangest aspects of war, American-style, has been the inability of the most powerful military on the planet to extricate itself from any of the conflicts it's initiated or somehow gotten itself involved in -- even those it's officially walked away from.
Kabul Culture on Display Not many tourists journey to Afghanistan these days and one thing they are missing is the opportunity to visit a resurrect...
Hazam, 35, could no longer see a future for himself and his family in Deir al-Zour, a city that has been a flashpoint in the country's five-year-long civil war. A physical fitness teacher, Hazam could no longer work, while his wife was pregnant with their fourth child.
What we have today is not civilian supremacy over, nor even civilian control of the military, but what could be characterized as civilian subjugation to the military, where civilian officials are largely militarily illiterate, more militaristic than the military itself, and running scared politically (lest they be labeled weak on defense and security).
Behind the scenes, "top U.S. military commanders" have reportedly been talking up a renewed, decades-long commitment to Afghanistan and its security forces, what one general has termed a "generational approach" to the war there.
International Women's Day is a time when we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world. It's also a time when organisations, including Womankind Worldwide, make a rallying cry to ensure that the momentum for change in women's rights and gender equality continues. The fight is not over yet.