The U.S. military and intelligence community took two steps forward in Afghanistan, but President Karzai took two steps back, write Caroline Wadhams and Colin Cookman.
Yesterday the New York Times broke the story of the capture of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the operational leader of the Afghan Taliban and the highest-ranking insurgent figure captured since the war began in 2001. Baradar's capture, which the BBC reports happened approximately a week ago, took place in the Pakistani port city of Karachi in a joint operation between the CIA and Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). Although few details about his condition or his cooperativeness are available, Baradar is now said to be under joint questioning in Pakistani custody.
Colin Cookman and Brian Katulis outline India’s strategic importance to the United States on global and regional issues as India’s prime minister arrives for the first state visit hosted by President Obama.
Afghan elections illuminate how ex-warlords’ influence continues to hold back democratic governance and threaten political stability, write Caroline Wadhams, Colin Cookman, and Christina Misunas.
The international community should continue to demand strong government in Afghanistan as the country heads into another round of voting, write Caroline Wadhams, Colin Cookman, and Peter Juul.
Faced with commander McChrystal's grim new security assessment, the Obama administration stands on the brink of making major reforms to its Afghanistan strategy—one that is further complicated by reports of election fraud that diminish the legitimacy of its partner government in Kabul.
Militant commanders in Pakistan are often collectively referred to as “Taliban,” but they groups possess varied origins, motivations, tactics, and leadership. These profiles offer insight.
Interactive Interactive map shows the locations of Pakistan's militant leaders, gives information about their motivations and tactics, and shows where the Pakistani military is fighting them.
China’s president was set to meet global leaders in Italy, but had to return home to deal with riots in Xinjiang, write Winny Chen, Colin Cookman, and Chris Beddor.
Interactive Pakistan’s displaced people deserve a close look this World Refugee Day—this interactive map shows how fighting has pushed Pakistan’s people from their homes.
Interactive This slideshow shows powerful images of Pakistan's refugees, telling a story of the issues they're facing and the violence that displaced them.
Lawrence Korb, Brian Katulis, and Colin Cookman deliver preliminary observations from their current trip to Pakistan.
U.S. Predator missile strikes in Pakistan have risen in the past year, writes Colin Cookman. But the question remains, how effective are they?