Washington's approach to rebuilding economies devastated by conﬂicts and natural disasters is flawed.
President Obama is pushing for a "civilian surge" in Afghanistan, but John E. Herbst, in charge of staffing a State Department civilian-led reconstruction program that operates there, says congressional inaction and funding challenges are hampering American stabilization efforts.
Ambassador Christopher Hill talks about Iraqi governance and the political and security implications of elections scheduled for early next month.
Watch Ambassador Christopher Hill talk about Iraqi governance and the political and security implications of elections scheduled for early next month.
Listen to Ambassador Christopher Hill talk about Iraqi governance and the political and security implications of elections scheduled for early next month.
In this Afghanistan Index, The Brookings Institution looks at Security, Governance & Rule of Law, Economic & Quality of Life, and Polling & Public Opinion Indicators.
The Economist analyzes the history of Waziristan and Pakistan's efforts to control it.
Based on the recent findings of a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center and the Council on Foreign Relations, support for President Obama's foreign policy is dwindling amongst the American public, writes James Lindsay.
"As the Iraqi political process revs up, terrorist acts occur that appear aimed at steering the political process," writes Rachel Schneller.
Building a capable military in Afghanistan cannot be accomplished without partnership from American combat units, writes James Danly, adding that "avoiding such a full-fledged partnership merely guarantees failure."
"The turnaround in the past decade is so dramatic as to be almost unbelievable," write Max Boot and Richard Bennet, commenting on the positive changes in Colombia since it was on the brink of being taken over by insurgents as recently as 2000.