The US president's decision to extend the war, reversing his campaign pledges to withdraw from it, stand in sharp contrast to the lessons that Mikhail Gorbachev and the USSR took from the conflict almost 30 years ago.
By letting refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, and elsewhere into its work training programs, Germany can help its shorthanded enterprises – and enable the new workers to get on with their lives in a sustainable way.
Autocratic President Islam Karimov has ruled Uzbekistan for more than two decades. But public reports he has suffered a debilitating illness raise the possibility of a succession battle, complicated by Uzbekistan's own Islamist insurgency.
On World Refugee Day, Afghan's chief executive tweeted about the 60,000 refugees who voluntarily repatriated so far this year. Others, from an IT worker to an Afghan Olympic committee official, explain why they're determined to never leave.
The care of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of unaccompanied minors fleeing the Middle East will put new demands on Britain's foster care system. But the migrant children might also be surprisingly resilient.
A retreat by NATO-trained Afghan forces in Kunduz this fall came after more than a decade of military operations against the Taliban. Many recognize the need to include the group in any political settlement.
Dutch police arrested a former Afghan communist army commander allegedly involved in a massacre of more than 1,000 men and boys in Afghanistan 36 years ago. Two accounts of the atrocity by a Monitor correspondent played a role.
Russian reporting is as sophisticated and compelling as US reporting in Iraq, thanks to the military's adoption of 'embeds' and the media's adoption of Western techniques. But it's also repeating US mistakes.