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As America Fights Terror, it Loses More Than it Gains

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.29.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

As the United States ramps up its 'no boots on the ground' war against jihadists in Iraq and Syria, the stream of threats emanating from the region appear to grow ever wider and deeper.

Hope for a New Paradigm in U.S.-Pakistani Relations?

Prem M. Trivedi | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Prem M. Trivedi

The need for a paradigm shift in the bilateral relationship appears to be an idea whose time has come within the U.S. foreign policy community. A revived U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue has the potential to launch a different kind of strategic framework.

Pakistan's Endgame in Afghanistan?

Aparna Pande | Posted 02.02.2013 | World
Aparna Pande

Right from 1947, Pakistan has feared a strategic encirclement (also referred to as "the pincer movement") by its two neighbors, India and Afghanistan.

Flailing NATO? Big Questions Surround Obama's Showcase Chicago Summit

William Bradley | Posted 07.19.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

There's a lot of confusion about the ballyhooed NATO Summit in Chicago, intended as a big boost to Obama's geopolitical leadership, showcased in his hometown. Here are some big outstanding questions about NATO's future.

Pakistan: Let's Keep the Conversation Going

Ethan Casey | Posted 06.03.2012 | Impact
Ethan Casey

I have no illusions about our ability to influence policymakers or help end the war in Afghanistan or the violence in Pakistan. But I'm concerned with doing whatever we can and we can achieve a lot more by taking initiative to talk and work together than by worrying and complaining.

Five Things Afghan History Can Teach Us

Suleiman Wali | Posted 01.29.2012 | World
Suleiman Wali

Today, Afghanistan is an Islamic Republic, a middle path between a secular and theocratic form of government. It's time to realize the potential of this compromise, and to allow the great powers of democracy and Islam to finally reconcile in Afghanistan.

Islamabad, Afghanistan

Wajid Ali Syed | Posted 12.23.2011 | World
Wajid Ali Syed

Referring to "Islamabad, Afghanistan" is more than an error.  Considering the geopolitical realities and complexities of the frontier, it is a symbol of the objections to the connotations of the term "AfPak."

Pakistan: Drone Attacks Are Wrong, Regardless

Ethan Casey | Posted 09.18.2011 | World
Ethan Casey

Drone attacks are wrong. I'm sure to be called an appeaser of terrorists for saying that, particularly in light of the latest events in Mumbai. But I ...

India's Ongoing Concerns Over Pakistan and Afghanistan

Subhash Agrawal | Posted 09.04.2011 | World
Subhash Agrawal

As America finds itself in a most distressing dilemma in the AfPak region, a number of Indian security analysts and diplomats can only say "we told you so," though without the usual relish.

The Obama-Shaped Leadership Void

Ethan Casey | Posted 08.28.2011 | Politics
Ethan Casey

One of my purposes in this column is to help myself and my readers understand a rudderless country with a feckless president, a military caste with an...

Last Straw in Afghanistan

Sunil Adam | Posted 08.23.2011 | World
Sunil Adam


Pakistan and the American Learning Curve Part 2

Ethan Casey | Posted 08.23.2011 | World
Ethan Casey

To write on controversial subjects in a way that I consider helpful takes a capacity for keeping one's cool and a willingness to refrain from scoring cheap points. That's no more true of Pakistan than of any other subject.

Pakistan and the American Learning Curve

Ethan Casey | Posted 08.15.2011 | Politics
Ethan Casey

Our lazy and self-comforting reductionism says nothing about Haiti or Pakistan, and all too much about us Americans. The earthquake in Haiti and the floods in Pakistan were natural disasters, but didn't happen in a geopolitical vacuum.

Amanda Terkel

Dem Senator Calls For A Change Of Strategy In Afghanistan | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) is calling for a change of strategy in Afghanistan, arguing the current course is unsustainable and the milita...

Shadow Internet: Secret U.S. Effort Reportedly Aims To Help Dissidents

Posted 08.12.2011 | World

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration is leading a global effort to establish "shadow" Internet and cellphone systems to help dissidents und...

Amanda Terkel

GOP Senator: U.S. Military 'Frustrated' With Afghanistan War | Amanda Terkel | Posted 07.10.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) believes that the discovery and killing of Osama bin Laden in Abottabad, Pakistan has provided the United Stat...

Greg Mortenson Redefines "Doing One's Best"

Ethan Casey | Posted 06.18.2011 | Impact
Ethan Casey

The news flash that is occasioning a heap of ill-founded insinuations is that neither Three Cups of Tea nor Greg himself is perfect.

Global Military Spending Hits New High

Posted 06.10.2011 | World

Worldwide military spending edged up in 2010 to a record $1.6 trillion, a leading think-tank said on Monday. Global spending rose 1.3 percent in re...

War Pulls Apart Afghan Families

Washington Post | Posted 06.10.2011 | World

For most of their lives, Gul and Razziq slept under the same dusty blankets on the same dirt floors. They toiled side by side in the same potato field...

Amanda Terkel

Violence Likely To Increase In Afghanistan In Coming Months | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.05.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration issued its third progress report on Afghanistan and Pakistan on Tuesday, concluding that the U.S. strategy is s...

Army Condemns Photos Of Afghan Killings Published By Rolling Stone

ROBIN HINDERY | Posted 05.28.2011 | Politics

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Army on Monday apologized for any distress caused by recently published photos of American soldiers posing with dead ...

Gruesome Details Of Army's 'Kill Team' In Afghanistan

Rolling Stone | Posted 05.27.2011 | World

Early last year, after six hard months soldiering in Afghanistan, a group of American infantrymen reached a momentous decision: It was finally time to...

Amanda Terkel

Dem Rep: Expect A 'Significant Presence' In Afghanistan For 8 To 10 More Years | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- Military commanders expect the United States to have a "significant presence" in Afghanistan for another eight to 10 years, according to...

Amanda Terkel

Former GOP Senator: 'I Don't Think We Can Afford Afghanistan Much Longer' | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A former Republican senator who was once a cabinet choice for President Barack Obama is calling for a quicker withdrawal from Afghanista...

Reagan-Era Defense Official Proposes Failed Vietnam Strategy for Afghanistan

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

Bing West's archaic solutions are highly unlikely to show anyone how to get out of Afghanistan; however, they do have quite the potential to pave a road to perpetual war.