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In rebuilding Afghanistan, lessons should be learned from Turkey and Egypt when it comes to the separation of church and state.

Will women be included in the debate on Afghanistan's future?

Recent calamitous events—9/11, the recession, Enron's collapse—haven't affected the Bush administration's aims: tax cuts, drilling and Social Security 'reform.'

China is taking away Mexico's jobs, as globalization enters a fateful new stage.

Israel must decide if it wants a Jewish homeland in Palestine, or all of Palestine as a Jewish state.

Food companies ship supplies to Cuba in the aftermath of Hurricane Michelle, in what could be the beginning of the end for the tediously long US embargo of the island country.

Seymore Hersh has had a string of scoops since September 11, laying bare the covert community's skulduggery. Now, though, it seems he's toeing the government's line in regard to Iran.

It's proven useful of late in Afghanistan, but Annan shouldn't expect miracles.

Unless the number of arms is reduced dramatically, peace is unlikely to hold.

Gorbachev represented a unique change in Soviet statesmanship; two books examine him and the end of the Cold War.

Blogs

President Obama has pledged to get the rest of US forces out of Iraq in 2011. But Iraq is still unstable and politically explosive, and it is increasingly in Iran's orbit. All that may cause Obama to reconsider his plans to pull out.

August 31, 2010

The president says the combat mission in Iraq is ended. But 50,000 troops remain. And most people are far less excited about changes in Iraq than they are worried by an expanding conflict in Afghanistan and a weak economy at home.

August 31, 2010

The military's most elite, secretive force has started advertising for highly-sensitive positions on public jobs sites. Is this 'Preparing the Battlefield' 2.0?

August 25, 2010

Parties of the right have moderate players—even leaders—in other countries. But not the US, where the proud tradition of moderate Republicanism is pretty much dead.

August 21, 2010

American troop strength in Iraq is declining, meaning that the US influence is declining, too. More than ever, the United States needs an understanding with Iran on keeping Iraq whole and violence-free.

August 19, 2010

DOD's latest report rehashes old concerns—including many from the Bush administration—while raising new ones.

August 17, 2010

The flooding in Pakistan has displaced 2 million people, killed at least 1600 and affected 14 million. It should be affecting all of us.

August 12, 2010

Whatever reason the United States has for being in Afghanistan, it has nothing to do with the plight of Afghan women.

August 9, 2010