I'm back from a week-long vacation and am still catching up, which is why Monday's collection is longer than usual. This post is part of a recurring feature highlighting some of the best foreign affairs coverage from other media outlets, blogs, academic institutions and think tanks. It’s also meant to give you a sense of what might end up driving the foreign policy conversations for the day. We hope you enjoy it and check back tomorrow.
A nice preview of the next two years in U.S.-Afghan relations, which look like they might be escalating from "troubled" to a complete mess. Whatever game Afghan President Hamid Karzai is playing, it doesn't appear to be working out very well for him or for the United States.
Relive everyone's favorite well-meaning but neo-colonialist enterprise, this time as a comic book. This is just an excerpt; you can get the full graphic novel here.
The most complete telling so far of how the Obama administration decided on, and then carried out, a plan to kill American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki without due process, the first such killing since the Civil War.
The enterprising Matt Schiavenza recently joined the Atlantic to launch a China-specific vertical. One of the first pieces he's edited is this great dispatch on Chinese-American weddings as fascinating, if sometimes difficult, moments when modern American and Chinese traditions collide.
Settle in to David Remnick's long-form treatment of this colorful and storied institution of Russian high culture.