Afghans’ Vote Re-Shuffles the Diplomatic Deck

April 07, 2014

Amid the country's presidential election, Afghans have created new opportunities for Afghanistan. Afghans' surprisingly enthusiastic participation in their presidential campaign and the election on April 5 should jolt citizens and foreigners alike out of their pessimism about the...

Don’t Give Up on Afghanistan Before Karzai’s Next Pirouette

February 26, 2014

Karzai genuinely appears to want to leave Afghan peace as his legacy. Americans are well on their way out of Afghanistan's war, and they have not needed the country's most famous illicit export to get them to forget the point of US involvement there. Troop casualties fell...

Credible Threats and Credible Outcomes on Syria’s Gas

September 25, 2013

Syria's appalling civil war must come to an end. The agreement that US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov recently hammered out in Geneva will, if implemented, prove a milestone in the century-long effort to contain the horrors of modern war. For the first...

Obama Earns His Nobel Prize on Syria

May 22, 2013

Syria is not Iraq. Outside Washington, the US seems strongly opposed to deep involvement in the Syrian conflict. Obama's caution is on the mark, argues Jeffrey Laurenti. As pressures mount in Washington for a more aggressive American involvement on behalf of at least some rebel groups in...