Unjust War

The situation of women in Afghanistan, though horrid, does not warrant more years of costly conflict.

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.

Ashraf Ghani

Spoils of Babylon

Kirkuk is about to bring Iraq back into civil war. The Obama administration is moving toward a settlement of this disputed region that will anger everyone.

Joost R. Hiltermann

The Truth About China

Martin Jacques’s just-released tome breathlessly informs us that China will soon rule the world. Its culture will dominate the West. Its military will threaten our own. Its authoritarian system will become an alternative to liberal democracy.

The Al-Qaeda Fallacy

Our obsession with al-Qaeda is blinding us to the real threat: decentralized groups of already radicalized individuals attacking American targets on their own. Escalating conflicts in the Muslim world won’t solve the problem—it will only make the

Psychological Warfare

The U.S. army needs more mental-health professionals to deal with the strain of two wars. Is this why it ignored repeated warnings about Nadal Hasan?