As the United States begins to tidy up its affairs in Afghanistan, I have a bad feeling about the women we'll leave behind.
The mere idea of talking to the Taliban may seem, in itself, like an admission of defeat by the West. It certainly wasn't the mission plan in 2001, and it may yet have horrible consequences.
The U.S. government can't credibly insist that the Afghans improve their justice system and treatment of detainees if the U.S. military doesn't first get its own detention house in order.
With a whiff of the paranoia that most Afghan leaders have historically and not unreasonably had toward their sworn supporters, both foreign and domestic, Afghan president Hamid Karzai fears being left behind.
Afghanistan's future should not depend on Hamid Karzai or any other individual, but on democratic institutions that ensure that citizens get the better lives they deserve.
In Edward Girardet's fine new book, Killing the Cranes, there is this damning sentence: "Simply put, it was the U.S. backing for the Islamic extremists in the 1980s that helped produce the current military quagmire in Afghanistan."
A recent reading of E. M. Forster's novel, A Passage to India, prompted me to reflect on the West's drawn out engagement in Afghanistan. The centerpi...
Last week President Hamid Karzai called on the Grand Assembly or Loya Jirga of Afghanistan seeking consultation, advice and recommendation concerning ...
Zalmai Rassoul's calm nature serves him well in what may be the world's hardest Foreign Minister post. Ten years after the invasion of Afghanistan, he negotiates with countries eager to get their soldiers back
About three weeks ago, Reuters quoted Afghan President Hamid Karzai saying: "God forbid, if ever there is a war between Pakistan and America, Afghanis...
"Where after all do human rights begin?" asked Eleanor Roosevelt many years ago. "In small places, close to home, so small you cannot see them on a map."
It makes sense for Clinton to be so prominent now. Even when people believed in the economic recovery, President Barack Obama's extensive early foreign travel had quickly diminishing returns in PR terms.
Operation Enduring Freedom -- the dreadfully misnamed ten-year US occupation of Afghanistan -- has turned into Operation Enduring Misery.
"Khudahafiz" is the South Asian Muslim way of saying "goodbye." It is time for America to say, "Khudahafiz Afghanistan," and end our miserable decade-long war in that country.
Like dumping toxic chemicals into the ocean in hopes of breaking up an oil spill, the international community's solutions to the problems of Afghanistan have made the problem worse.
Critical analysis is impossible unless there is a semblance of logic -- however primitive, odd or changeable it may be. That is why we are stymied and frustrated in trying to make sense of what has been happening recently in Afghanistan -- the world's biggest, open-air puzzle palace.