As President Obama flirts with the possibility of sending more troops to Afghanistan, security personnel already in the country become increasingly disillusioned about the conflict. Blogger Khushbu Shah, who works for a research firm in Kabul, writes about her conversation with a German officer serving under NATO in Afghanistan.
War in Afghanistan
Jamie Metzl of the Asia Society discusses the widespread fraud and low voter turnout during the first round of elections, and whether Afghans believe the second round on November 7 will repeat past results.
Gideon Rose of Foreign Affairs magazine and David Andelman of the World Policy Journal discuss corruption in Afghanistan, strategic opportunities in Pakistan, Iran's relationship with Russia and China and the threat of nuclear weapons.
Contributing blogger S. Azmat Hassan is a career diplomat and former ambassador of Pakistan, where his postings have included Ambassador of Pakistan to Malaysia, Syria and Morocco. He writes for Worldfocus about the need for a new American strategy in Afghanistan.
The complexities of the war in Afghanistan were driven home once more on Thursday by a suicide car bombing that left 17 people dead and many injured in Kabul. Daniel Markey of the Council on Foreign Relations discusses Afghanistan's importance to India and the implications of the bombing.
Wednesday marks the eighth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan. After eight years of war in Afghanistan, are the United States and the world safer from terrorism? Tell us what you think.
Gabriel Schoenfeld of the Hudson Institute discusses the debate over troop increases in Afghanistan. Do you agree with Defense Secretary Robert Gates that those advising President Obama on Afghanistan war strategy should keep their opinions private? Tell us what you think.
U.S. President Barack Obama held a three-hour meeting on Afghanistan with key members of his national security team, some of whom are divided on whether or not to send more troops to Afghanistan. Alex Their of the United States Institute of Peace discusses the administration's options.
The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is warning of the possibility of failure without additional American troops. Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies discusses U.S. options in Afghanistan.
Italy lost six of its troops in Afghanistan to a suicide car bombing on Thursday. Alessandra Baldini, the New York bureau chief of the Italian news agency ANSA, discusses how Italians view the war in Afghanistan and the Obama administration.