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The Army's plan to professionalize Iraq's police could backfire, as militia-infiltrated squads become more effective killers.

Five years after the United States ousted the Taliban, optimism about Afghanistan's future is evaporating. Three new books shed light on what went wrong.

Even if the United States has the will to do the hard work necessary to
rebuild Afghanistan, there are few signs that senior Administration
officials are engaged.

Robert Fisk's The Great War for Civilization criticizes a
self-righteous US foreign policy oblivious to the power of retributive
justice in the Middle East.

As elections near, guerrillas are conducting their own "shock and awe" campaign.

Saddam Hussein's capture on December 13 ended the role of the minority Sunni Arabs as Iraq's ruling group since 1638, when the Sunni Ottoman Turks captured Mesopotamia (then comprising Baghdad an

After twenty-one tension-filled days of raucous speeches, poetry readings, threats, bribery and walkouts, Afghanistan's loya jirga, held to endorse a new Constitution for Afghanistan after

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Blogs

The multiple civil wars in Sudan and South Sudan show the dangers of creating mini-states.

January 8, 2014

An Obama diplomatic offensive on Afghanistan is long overdue.

October 21, 2013

There are plenty of reasons to intervene, including oil, and we’ll do so, says Obama.

September 24, 2013

Violence in Iraq is going from bad to worse, in tandem with neighboring Syria.

January 3, 2013

It’s time to ask hard questions about why the U.S. still hasn’t learned its lesson on nation building abroad. 

October 17, 2012

Al Qaeda is nearly gone, and the war in Afghanistan is nearly over. 

October 11, 2012

Many on the left have fallen for Ron Paul’s non-interventionism. But there’s a Republican with a more responsible approach: Jon Huntsman. 

January 6, 2012

Hamid Karzai is in showdown with the Afghan parliament, with huge stakes.

July 6, 2011

 Talks are underway, but it's important to make sure Pakistan is on board.

June 29, 2011

Maybe you guessed it already, but the billions we're pouring into rebuilding Afghanistan aren't working.

June 8, 2011