Louise Roug Bokkenheuser is a former foreign editor of The Daily Beast. Previously, she was host of The Globe, a daily foreign affairs program on Radio24syv in Copenhagen. She has also worked as a foreign and national correspondent for The Los Angeles Times, living in Baghdad and the Middle East for several years and served as deputy editor of Newsweek International. She is a Pulitzer finalist and a recipient of a Hal Boyle Award from the Overseas Press Club. Her book, What Doesn't Kill You, was published in 2010.

Fatima was 15 when she launched her own business—a construction company in war-torn Afghanistan. On a visit to New York, after graduating from Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Women program, she talked about the future of her country, and the challenges ahead.

Mark Sanford is riding high, David Vitter's heading for re-election, and Nikki Haley seems immune to her bedroom bombshell. Louise Roug on how salacious headlines lost their sting.

When I returned to Baghdad for the first time in two years, I found a festive streetlife that hadn't existed before—but it masks the fact that we're not leaving any time soon.

The British envoy who preceded the general out the door may have been ignored by the U.S. press, but the two departures, plus rumblings about Holbrooke, make clear the Afghanistan team is falling apart, much like the war effort itself, Louise Roug says.

From oil spills and car bombs to epic floods and market nosedives, the world suddenly feels full of peril. Louise Roug Bokkenheuser on America’s struggle to cope—and keep up—with multiple crises.