This week's round-up of Good Reads includes President Putin's energy challenges, the man at the center of the NSA eavesdropping controversy, a narrative of a Taliban sneak attack, 'Jackie O. trusts' for wealthy estates, and a gender experiment at Harvard Business School.
Gunman in Afghanistan: Five men were arrested today in connection with the second killing of a top policewoman in less than two months.
The short answer is 'no.' But there are worrying signs to be found in US auditing of its own contracting practices in Afghanistan.
The tumultuous relationship between the US and Pakistan is moving in a more positive direction after worsening for years.
Reversing a downward trend, civilian casualties have risen 23 percent, in part because of fighting between government forces and insurgents.
Warnings from the US government's internal auditor that an ongoing $20 billion Afghanistan reconstruction program is lining the pockets of the Taliban and Al Qaeda have been ignored.
The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction released the latest in a string of reports today on fraud, mismanagement, and wasted US spending in the troubled country.
Obama seems serious enough that proponents of an extended US military presence in Afghanistan are warning against it.
The Taliban is trying to set itself up as a legitimate party, angering the Afghan government which has put peace talks on hold.
Planned negotiations between the US, Afghanistan, and the Taliban look doubtful after the Afghan president announces a boycott amid a row over the Taliban office in Doha.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai suspended talks with the US over a new Status of Forces Agreement, furious that the US is trying to join peace talks with the Taliban in Qatar.
A small Taliban unit assaulted the Kabul airport just before dawn today. Afghan police and Army units handled the response.
The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction points to the dangers posed to foreign troops from their Afghan counterparts.
Iraq is less violent than it was and the press frequently wonders if the country could descend into war again. What if the war never ended?