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How the Islamic State Could Be Reborn in Afghanistan
December 30, 2016
How the Islamic State Could Be Reborn in Afghanistan
Although the ISKP is at a disadvantage, several factors could help it rise again in 2017.
How the Islamic State Could Be Reborn in Afghanistan
Does Islamic State Have a Future in the AfPak Region?
December 20, 2016
Does Islamic State Have a Future in the AfPak Region?
The Islamic State's South Asia branch looks doomed to fail.
Does Islamic State Have a Future in the AfPak Region?
President Trump and the War in Afghanistan: What You Need to Know
November 21, 2016
President Trump and the War in Afghanistan: What You Need to Know
A situation report on the current terrain.
President Trump and the War in Afghanistan: What You Need to Know
Taliban Set-Backs Open Door to Peace Negotiations
November 01, 2016
Taliban Set-Backs Open Door to Peace Negotiations
A former senior aide to Mullah Omar has called on the Taliban to negotiate with the Afghan government.
Taliban Set-Backs Open Door to Peace Negotiations
Spoilers and Peace in Afghanistan: Negotiating With the Taliban
October 18, 2016
Spoilers and Peace in Afghanistan: Negotiating With the Taliban
The biggest potential spoiler for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is Pakistan.
Spoilers and Peace in Afghanistan: Negotiating With the Taliban
Pentagon Metrics on Afghan War are Useless
October 12, 2016
Pentagon Metrics on Afghan War are Useless
The U.S. strategy focused on population centers ignores historical realities of Afghan’s counterrevolutionary history.
Pentagon Metrics on Afghan War are Useless
Afghanistan: General Dostum Micromanages Kunduz War
October 11, 2016
Afghanistan: General Dostum Micromanages Kunduz War
Afghan security forces have been struggling to push the Taliban out of Kunduz city.
Afghanistan: General Dostum Micromanages Kunduz War
Afghan Forces Struggle to Hold the Line
October 07, 2016
Afghan Forces Struggle to Hold the Line
Major Afghan cities are currently surrounded and under assault by the Taliban forces.
Afghan Forces Struggle to Hold the Line
International Pressure Continues to Mount on Pakistan
September 27, 2016
International Pressure Continues to Mount on Pakistan
Members of U.S. Congress, a general, and an Afghan ambassador are the latest to accuse Pakistan of sponsoring terror.
International Pressure Continues to Mount on Pakistan
Civilians: The Ultimate Victims of the Af-Pak Proxy War
September 21, 2016
Civilians: The Ultimate Victims of the Af-Pak Proxy War
The blame game playing out between Afghanistan and Pakistan only benefits militants threatening both sides.
Civilians: The Ultimate Victims of the Af-Pak Proxy War
General Raziq: Kabul’s Man in Southern Afghanistan
September 10, 2016
General Raziq: Kabul’s Man in Southern Afghanistan
The Afghan government's reliance on Abdul Raziq highlights Kabul’s reliance on warlords for its war strategy.
General Raziq: Kabul’s Man in Southern Afghanistan
The Taliban's Latest Battlefield: Social Media
September 08, 2016
The Taliban's Latest Battlefield: Social Media
The Taliban has drastically ramped up its presence on services like Twitter and WhatsApp in the past few years.
The Taliban's Latest Battlefield: Social Media
What to Make of China's Latest Meeting With the Taliban
August 05, 2016
What to Make of China's Latest Meeting With the Taliban
China's role in Afghanistan is constructive, but not decisive.
What to Make of China's Latest Meeting With the Taliban
Speaking to an Afghan Disciple of the Caliphate
July 28, 2016
Speaking to an Afghan Disciple of the Caliphate
An interview with a commander of the self-declared Islamic State in Afghanistan
Speaking to an Afghan Disciple of the Caliphate
Afghanistan’s Forgotten Humanitarian Crisis
June 09, 2016
Afghanistan’s Forgotten Humanitarian Crisis
How to overcome the legacy of four decades of suffering?
Afghanistan’s Forgotten Humanitarian Crisis
Why Pakistan Is the Biggest Beneficiary of Mullah Mansour's Death
June 09, 2016
Why Pakistan Is the Biggest Beneficiary of Mullah Mansour's Death
More than Afghanistan or the United States, Islamabad (and the ISI) benefits from the Taliban leadership change.
Why Pakistan Is the Biggest Beneficiary of Mullah Mansour's Death
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