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Hamid Karzai

Karzai and 22,000 Villages

A military surge will not win Afghanistan. Karzai and his corrupt clan have failed the Afghan people. Former presidential candidate Ghani shows us a way out: counterinsurgency economics.

A Tale of Three Cities

Despite the obvious obstacles, the signs of democracy are encouraging in Kabul, Beirut and Cairo.

How to Nation-Build

Ten simple rules from our experience in Afghanistan.


Why Afghanistan Doesn't Trust Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan's prime minister has two sides.

Talking to the Taliban

Obama has seriously erred in letting talks with the Taliban interfere with more important priorities in Afghanistan.

The Dangerous Afghanistan Zero Option

The Obama administration's talk of pulling out all troops is not wise.


Groundhog Day in Afghanistan

Bloody insurgent attacks. Grisly and embarrasing American mistakes. Washington is reliving the same story over and over again. 

When Are Gains in Wartime Durable and Irreversible?

Acknowledging reality is not tantamount to surrender. The U.S. must learn when to walk away.

United States to Iran: “Step Aside, Please”

The idea that Iran doesn't have a stake in Afghanistan and the United States does is absurd.

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April 18, 2014