The Afghan government depends almost entirely on foreign aid and I think it is time to say "if you want the money, you must show how you are protecting women's rights."The global public needs to ensure donor governments make that happen.
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.
Taliban peace talks are riddled with challenges: the Taliban has sought the release of at least five senior Taliban leaders from the Guantanamo Bay prison and poor Afghan governance continues to undermine a lasting solution.
Whether many want to admit it or not, what our soldiers allegedly did -- urinating on dead Taliban militants -- represents "us" today; and that's yet another part of the malignant manifestation of these current conflicts.
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
Political leaders and military commanders will dismiss the Taliban's recent coordinated assault on the U.S. Embassy and NATO headquarters in Kabul as a "one-off" incident. But the attack is a vivid reminder of how poorly things are going, and why America needs to leave.