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Timeless stories from our 170-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
From the June 2013 issue Read More
Anna Badkhen on life in rural Afghanistan and the friction between violence and beauty
A former U.S. ambassador peddles influence in Afghanistan
From A Brochure for Comprehending the Cultures of the Coalition Forces, a twenty-eight-page pamphlet published by the Afghan Ministry of Defense and distributed to Afghan troops. Translated from the Dari…
Counting down to economic collapse in the Afghan capital
Aria City, Kabul. The Aria City project covers 350 blocks, and includes businesses, residences, and social services. Read More
What Afghanistan’s political economy tells us about its future
Cockfighting in the ruins of Kabul
A golden age for the freelance soldier
A Small Family. Mitt Romney won the first stage of the Republican leadership race, beating Rick Santorum by eight votes, 30,015 to 30,007, in the Iowa caucus. “This has been…