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Sixteen Years and Counting in Afghanistan: What’s Next for America’s Longest War?

October marks 16 years since a U.S.-led troop mission entered Afghanistan to eliminate sanctuaries for al-Qaeda and to remove its Taliban hosts from power. Those initial goals were achieved fairly quickly, and yet more than a decade and a half later, American soldiers are still in Afghanistan fighting a seemingly unending war. This event addressed how we got to where we are today; what the best and worst policies would be moving forward; whether U.S.

The U.S. Can’t Get Rid of North Korea’s Nukes Without Paying a Catastrophic Price

Kim Jong Un is on a roll. After firing a second missile over Japan, successfully testing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), and successfully detonating a larger-yield nuclear weapon, the North Korean threat has grown significantly more dire in just a few weeks. General John Hyten, who commands U.S.

Wilson Center Experts Talk Women, Water, and Workforce at Concordia Summit

The Wilson Center dispatched several of its leading experts and scholars to the 2017 Concordia Annual Summit, held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on September 18-19. The forum convenes top influencers and decision-makers from across sectors to foster partnerships on issues impacting the United States and the world at large – from global development goals to post-conflict scenarios to environmental security and more.

The Sinai: Jihadism's Latest Frontline

Evan W. Burt

Updated November 2017

U.S. Drives China and Russia Closer Together

What started as an illusory promise of rapprochement is now a bitterly acrimonious relationship. The United States and Russia are expelling each other’s diplomats by the hundreds, taking away diplomatic properties and closing down missions.

Following the U.S. Congress’s vote to upgrade anti-Russian sanctions and turn them into law, Moscow ordered a reduction of U.S. diplomatic staff in Russia by 755 people. Washington retaliated yet again by requiring Moscow to close its consulate in San Francisco.

The U.S.-Pakistan Relationship Is on Life Support

In the days since President Trump came down hard on Pakistan in his speech outlining America’s new Afghanistan strategy, the reaction in Islamabad—and elsewhere across the country—has been predictably angry and defiant.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Has Been Sent Packing. So What’s Next?

For Nawaz Sharif, the third time was definitely not the charm.

On July 28, Pakistan’s Supreme Court disqualified the Pakistani prime minister, thereby preventing him from serving out his full term, which was scheduled to end next year.

Afghanistan's Summer of Violence Illustrates Difficulties Trump Administration Will Face

Afghanistan has suffered through a harrowing summer, even by the nightmarish standards of a country convulsed by conflict for decades.