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Joshua Foust


Joshua Foust is an analyst who writes about international security and intelligence issues. He is a contributor to The Atlantic, and has written for the New York Times, Salon, Reuters, the Christian Science Monitor, World Politics Review and the Columbia Journalism Review. His website is


The new, same old talks with the Taliban

News of new peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government sounds promising, writes Joshua Foust. It probably isn’t.


In Pakistan and Afghanistan, what does 30 dead really mean?

In Afghanistan and Pakistan, militants are killed or arrested in groups of 30 with bizarre frequency. Joshua Foust suspects it’s just shorthand for “we think we got a few bad guys.”


Half the violence, twice the fraud: The Afghan elections

Afghanistan voted for its representatives in Parliament on Saturday. And what’s remarkable is, it’s not nearly as bad as everyone hoped.

The Afghan elections

Afghanistan’s second parliamentary election is happening on Saturday. Here are five things you need to know about it.


How can the U.S. help Somalia?

Give them a chance to help themselves, as they’ve shown they can in two relatively stable regions

On the roads again in Afghanistan

The U.S. military continues to insist that better roads are the key to securing Afghanistan, writes Joshua Foust. All evidence to the contrary.


Terrorism in China?

Members of China’s Muslim Uighur minority have clashed, sometimes violently, with the authorities, and Beijing has used the threat of terror to crackdown on them.


Migrating violence in the Caucasus

The Chechen insurgency has been pushed into neighboring republics.

The Wiki leak is more and less important than you think

Radical transparency sounds like a really great idea until you ponder the real consequences.