Charles Sennott of GlobalPost and Dagmar Aalund of the Wall Street Journal discuss the week's top stories: The presidential election in Afghanistan, the ongoing security nightmare in Iraq and a controversial decision in Scotland.
America's special representative to Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke, has been holding a series of meetings in Pakistan -- and not just with top government officials. Holbrooke reached out to conservative Muslim leaders -- and got an earful once he did.
U.N. inspectors were reportedly allowed last week to visit Iran’s new, nearly-completed nuclear reactor. Charles Ferguson of the Council on Foreign Relations discusses this development in the standoff between Iran and the international community.
A new report says that one third of the Afghan population is now at risk of hunger. Shannon Scribner of Oxfam discusses efforts to combat hunger in Afghanistan and assesses the effectiveness of international aid.
Contributing blogger Scott Bohlinger is a political analyst and writer currently living and working in Afghanistan. He writes about the messages behind the election posters plastered across Afghan cities.
Nora Bensahel of the Rand Corporation explains the differences between the conflicts and objectives in Afghanistan and Iraq. Also, watch a video on how the Obama administration measures success in Afghanistan.
A U.S. Marine embedded trainer with the Afghan National Army describes the atmosphere in northeastern Afghanistan, a well-known insurgent haven, ahead of national elections.
On Tuesday, the Taliban launched a series of attacks on the Afghan city of Kabul. Kimberly Marten of Columbia University discusses U.S. strategy ahead of the election and examines whether the attacks are a sign of what's to come on election day.
In Afghanistan on Tuesday, with the election two days away and the campaign winding down, the Taliban is doing all it can to let voters know they are not safe. Zeina Khodr of Al Jazeera English reports on the dangers in the southern city of Kandahar.