Regions / Afghanistan
The U.S.-NATO presence in Afghanistan is becoming increasingly immaterial.
The Taliban carried out a major attack on the United States at the same time that it's opening an unofficial embassy in Qatar to negotiate with the United States.
The military thinks it has a winning combination, but night raids and drones are actually helping to lose the war in Afghanistan.
The assassination of Ahmed Wali Karzai is certain to destabilize Kandahar, making the need for talks with the Taliban evermore likely.
The Obama administration can still learn from the errors of its predecessors in Afghanistan.
Despite Washington's newfound war fatigue, there are no signs that U.S. militarism is on the wane.
The United States is spending even more of its GDP on Afghanistan than did the Soviet Union.
The United States wants to negotiate with the Taliban from a position of strength. But reining in Afghan government corruption, not applying ever more military pressure, is the key to gaining a strong hand.
A willingness to entertain the surgical implantation of explosives is a sign of either increased commitment or desperation on the part of jihadists.
In the long run, the use of suicide bombing is self-defeating for the Taliban.