Violence has spiked in Afghanistan ahead of presidential elections, but mostly in and around the capital, Kabul. Many of the provinces are relatively quiet, but one Afghan-American woman who was recently in Kandahar suggests this is because the insurgents have achieved their goals there already.
Ten years into the war in Afghanistan, American publishers continue to put out new books about the conflict and the country. But will those books dry up as the United States proceeds to withdraw its forces from the country?
Afghanistan and Pakistan have occupied central roles in American foreign policy for the last decade — and some role long before that. But their influence may well wane if relations between the US and Iran continue to improve.