Returned Sergeant Kevin Frost cannot deal with the pain and guilt of what happened in Afghanistan any longer. It's a pain foreign correspondent John Martinkus knows well.
Many people in Afghanistan risked their lives and their families to help foreign journalists. But foreign correspondent John Martinkus says after the West has no need for such people anymore, we often leave them to be killed.
One of Australia's pre-eminent authors spoke movingly at The Lowy Institute about the horrors of war, the power of language and the nature of evil.
Australian troops leave behind a better Afghanistan. We made the right decision to commit. But the prolonged, unpopular campaign could have been fought smarter, says Army veteran and Lowy fellow James Brown.
Australia’s mission in Afghanistan is a failure, as Fairfax's Hugh White says, but that failure derives from a much larger failure of American policy, writes Charles Richardson.
Once again we go through what has become a wretched ritual: early reports of casualties in Afghanistan, then the horrible confirmation that Australians soldiers have died this time.
How can we bring development to Afghanistan if we don’t have security? asks Benjamin Gilmour, a writer and filmmaker.
Australia’s and Iran’s spheres of influence in the war-torn country lie devilishly close to each other; indeed, side by side, if not in fact overlapping, writes former CNN and Time correspondent Michael Ware.