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Tag: Afghanistan

Tactical critiques of the war's conduct are a distraction from U.S. imperialism.

Christian G. Appy

Far from a relic of the past, September 11 continues to normalize state-sanctioned barbarity.

Joseph Margulies

The U.S. occupation of Afghanistan sacrificed politics—the only viable route to peace—for massive corruption and violence.

Faisal Devji

From drone strikes to counterinsurgency efforts, the work of the late historian Nasser Hussain highlights the importance of understanding the mechanics of the War on Terror, not just its effects.

Atiya Husain

Washington Post reporting exposed that U.S. operations in Afghanistan were horribly mismanaged, but even a well-run mission would have been doomed to fail.

Ethan Bueno de Mesquita
Wars may begin like they always have, but they no longer end as they once did. We need an ethics of war termination to hold politicians accountable.
Elad Uzan

In 1978, Afghanistan had achieved food security for a population of 15 million. Today, Afghanistan is extremely dependent on aid and imports. 

Graciana del Castillo

Ambassador Akbar Ahmed discusses the findings of his research into U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan and their effects on the region.

Wajahat Ali


Any story of war is a story of elites preying on the weak, the gullible, the marginal, the poor.

Chris Hedges
An Interview with Rajiv Chandrasekaran
David V. Johnson


History shows that forcing rulers from power rarely works. Even apparently successful regime changes often leads to bitter civil war.

Alexander B. Downes

Coming home after Navy Seal duty.

Matt Gallagher

News of Osama bin Laden’s killing by U.S. special forces has sunk in. News of al Qaeda’s demise has not.

Fawaz A. Gerges


Counterinsurgency doesn’t make sense. It asks soldiers, concerned primarily with survival, to be Wyatt Earp and Mother Theresa.

Nir Rosen

Can a colonialist strategy be reinvented?

Nasser Hussain

Afghan elites face a corrosive past.

Barnett R. Rubin
Selling out Afghanistan.
Sarah Chayes

Can the nation-state serve social justice?

Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò leads a forum with Thea Riofrancos, Mariame Kaba & Andrea Ritchie, Ishac Diwan & Bright Simons, and others. Plus Leila Farsakh on Palestinian statehood, Astra Taylor and Leah Hunt-Hendrix on a “solidarity state,” Joshua Craze on rule by militia, and much more. 

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