Negotiations between the US and Taliban in Afghanistan have reached a critical juncture, with a potential breakthrough of future peace talks.
12/19/2011 11:38 am
Women in Afghanistan still face gender violence and have limited legal protection. But small gains in maternal health are critical for rebuilding Afghan society.
12/16/2011 11:06 am
Afghan domestic politics revolve more around ethnicity than differences between Sunni and Shiite sects of Islam. Bomb blasts may be aimed at confidence in Afghanistan's government.
12/07/2011 01:29 pm
A suicide bomber killed dozens of Shiite Muslims in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday. It was the deadliest bombing in Kabul since 2008.
12/06/2011 12:05 pm
At least 58 people, many of them Shiite Muslims, died today in twin suicide attacks in Afghanistan on a Shiite holy day. But analysts say Afghanistan has no sectarian issues like Pakistan.
12/06/2011 09:02 am
With Taliban uninterested in peace talks, Afghan President Karzai seeks long-term pledges from donors at peace conference in Bonn, Germany.
12/05/2011 01:33 pm
Planning on going to Afghanistan as a soldier, consultant, diplomat, journalist, or aid worker? Or maybe you’re just curious about how a person navigates this war-torn country that’s so often in the news? Journalist Edward Girardet, who has been reporting on Afghanistan for more than 30 years – including for the Monitor – edits “The Essential Field Guide to Afghanistan.” Written by on-the-ground experts, it includes essays and travel and security tips that could save a visitor’s life. For instance, don’t wear sunglasses. Showing your eyes makes you more human to Afghans. And above all: Remember you are a guest in the country. So act like one. Here, he gives eight sample "essentials" for getting around Afghanistan.
12/05/2011 09:18 am
As senior US officials head to a major meeting on Afghanistan this coming week, underlying their talks will be a simple question: what can Washington hope to accomplish there with fewer troops, less money, and less time?
12/04/2011 09:48 pm
An international conference on Afghanistan's future opens Monday in Bonn, Germany. But on the streets of Kabul, Afghans have low expectations a decade into the Western presence here.
12/04/2011 12:19 pm
Pakistan's prime minister rejected a personal plea from the Afghan president to attend the Bonn Conference, following a NATO airstrike on a Pakistani border post.
11/30/2011 02:47 pm