Anatol Lieven


Obama Shouldn’t Fall for Putin’s Ukrainian Folly


We’re now witnessing the consequences of how grossly both Russia and the West have overplayed their hands in Ukraine.

Afghanistan, then and now


Modern urban versus traditional rural Afghanistan, then and now. Time may have moved on, but the problems are big enough to be extremely concerning. The positions of the Afghan state in 1989 and 2014 are in certain respects very similar – too similar for comfort.