Farewell Kabul: From Afghanistan to a More Dangerous World

Nearly 30 years ago, Christina Lamb left Britain to become a journalist in Pakistan. From there, she entered Afghanistan as mujahideen fighters were battling the Russians. In 2001, U.S.-led forces entered Afghanistan.  Farewell Kabul tells how the West, in Lamb’s view, turned success into defeat—and how a mission that had once been seen as the right thing to do became a conflict that everyone wanted to exit.

A Rage For Order: The Middle East in Turmoil, from Tahrir Square to ISIS

In 2011, a wave of revolution spread through the Middle East as protesters demanded an end to tyranny, corruption, and economic decay. From Egypt to Yemen, a generation of young Arabs insisted on a new ethos of common citizenship. Their bravery and idealism stirred observers around the world and led militant jihadis to worry that they had been superseded by a new and peaceful uprising.

European Security After Brussels

The terrorist attack on Brussels has highlighted the need for more and better coordination of counter-terrorism measures not only in Belgium but also throughout Europe. With the investigation ongoing, we spoke with Belgium’s Ambassador to the United States, veteran diplomat Johan Verbeke, who shared thoughts on his country’s response and also on improving security strategy among the nations of the EU. That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.



Squandered Progress in Pakistan

Several years ago, a Pakistani economist lamented the lack of tower cranes in Pakistani cities — an absence, he said, that signified urban underdevelopment. In contrast, during a recent trip to Islamabad and Lahore, I saw evidence of development everywhere, from homes under construction to sparkling new shopping centers.

When Will the West Care About Terrorism in Pakistan?

Just days after suicide attacks killed more than 30 people and wounded 200 others in Brussels, Belgium, a Taliban faction carried out a suicide attack Sunday at a public park in Lahore, Pakistan, that killed more than 70 and wounded some 300.

Terror in Lahore: Pakistan’s Toughest Test

On March 27, Easter Sunday, militants attacked Lahore’s Gulshan-e-Iqbal park, killing at least 72 people — many of them women and children — and wounding several hundred more.

Bombs and Burqas: Muslim Women and Extremism

It would be only a slight exaggeration to say that bombs and burqas have captured the world’s imagination when it comes to extremist terrorism. For some time now, we have been stunned by violent men engaged in horrific acts in the name of Islam and puzzled by women victimized in the name of Islam.

Is There Any Hope for Peace Talks in Afghanistan? If Not, Then What?

In recent months, the Taliban has intensified its insurgency in Afghanistan. It now holds more territory than at any time since 2001. Civilian casualties reached record levels in 2015, and scores of Afghans are fleeing the country.