What’s Next for Afghanistan

When I reached former UN Dispatch contributor Ahmad Shuja in Kabul, the country was still reeling from the deadliest single Taliban attack since the start of the insurgency nearly 15 years ago. Some 160 young soldiers--mostly recruits-- were massacred in a...

Is this Afghanistan’s Tahrir Square?

In Afghanistan, an estimated 10,000 people have marched on Kabul’s presidential palace in Pashtunistan square, demanding better peace and security. The protest began as a funeral procession for seven people of Hazara ethnicity beheaded by alleged ISIS militant...

The Killing of Farkhunda

A new BBC Our World documentary tells the shocking story of Farkhunda Malikzada, a young Afghan woman who was lynched in central Kabul earlier this year. Using audio footage recorded on phones at the scene of Farkhunda’s death, and interviews with Farkhunda’s ...

Episode 72: Anand Gopal

Anand Gopal’s first book, No Good Men Among the Living: America, The Taliban and The War through Afghan Eyes, was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize. And deservedly so -- this book is easily one of the most important foreign policy books of the last de...

Episode 67: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a journalist and fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations who in April published the book Ashley's War, which tells the story of a group of female soldiers who accompanied special forces during missions in Afghanistan. In this con...