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Afghanistan’s Opium Trade: A Free Market of Racketeers
July 19, 2017
Afghanistan’s Opium Trade: A Free Market of Racketeers
A visit to Afghan opium fields challenges the notion that the Taliban controls the lucrative trade.
Afghanistan’s Opium Trade: A Free Market of Racketeers
For Peace in Afghanistan, Listen to Afghans
June 28, 2017
For Peace in Afghanistan, Listen to Afghans
There can be no peace without an Afghan-led peace process that involves regional stakeholders.
For Peace in Afghanistan, Listen to Afghans
Is the Taliban Still a Threat to US Security?
June 23, 2017
Is the Taliban Still a Threat to US Security?
16 years later, the original rationale for the war on Afghanistan still holds true.
Is the Taliban Still a Threat to US Security?
Whatever the New US Strategy in Afghanistan, It Can't Succeed Without China
June 21, 2017
Whatever the New US Strategy in Afghanistan, It Can't Succeed Without China
Without China's buy-in, any attempt to mediate between Afghanistan and Pakistan is doomed.
Whatever the New US Strategy in Afghanistan, It Can't Succeed Without China
Winning the Elusive Peace Against Terrorism in Afghanistan
June 12, 2017
Winning the Elusive Peace Against Terrorism in Afghanistan
Bringing peace to Afghanistan will require renewed commitment from partners and neighbors.
Winning the Elusive Peace Against Terrorism in Afghanistan
Kabul Process Falters as Taliban Support Rises
June 10, 2017
Kabul Process Falters as Taliban Support Rises
Complex geopolitical rivalries make it unlikely that the Kabul Process will bring peace to Afghanistan.
Kabul Process Falters as Taliban Support Rises
How Afghanistan Is Challenging India’s ‘Good Terrorist Bad Terrorist’ Stand
June 07, 2017
How Afghanistan Is Challenging India’s ‘Good Terrorist Bad Terrorist’ Stand
New Delhi risks being sidelined in Afghanistan if it maintains its hard line.
How Afghanistan Is Challenging India’s ‘Good Terrorist Bad Terrorist’ Stand
Can a New US Surge Stabilize Afghanistan?
June 01, 2017
Can a New US Surge Stabilize Afghanistan?
Trump is considering sending more troops to Afghanistan, but that won't solve the underlying problems.
Can a New US Surge Stabilize Afghanistan?
Why the Taliban Cannot Win the Afghan War
April 01, 2017
Why the Taliban Cannot Win the Afghan War
The group lacks one key asset: popular support from the Afghan people.
Why the Taliban Cannot Win the Afghan War
The Taliban's New Plan for Capturing Kunduz
March 28, 2017
The Taliban's New Plan for Capturing Kunduz
The Taliban seem determined to upgrade their strategy from 2016, posing a continued threat to provincial capitals.
The Taliban's New Plan for Capturing Kunduz
When Islamic State and the Taliban Compete, Afghanistan Loses
March 18, 2017
When Islamic State and the Taliban Compete, Afghanistan Loses
Analysts continue to misjudge the potential threat posed by the Islamic State’s contingent in Afghanistan. They shouldn’t.
When Islamic State and the Taliban Compete, Afghanistan Loses
Islamic State’s Khorasan Province, 2 Years on
January 26, 2017
Islamic State’s Khorasan Province, 2 Years on
Today marks the two-year anniversary of ISIS’s new front in Afghanistan. Can the group consider its venture a success?
Islamic State’s Khorasan Province, 2 Years on
Afghanistan's Militias: The Enemy Within?
January 04, 2017
Afghanistan's Militias: The Enemy Within?
Local militias may be allied with the state now, but historically they have posed dangers to the central government.
Afghanistan's Militias: The Enemy Within?
The Rise of Taliban Diplomacy
January 03, 2017
The Rise of Taliban Diplomacy
How are the Taliban and Kabul faring in their diplomatic tug-of-war over Afghanistan's neighbors?
The Rise of Taliban Diplomacy
Iran, Russia See Opportunity to Encircle the US in Afghanistan
December 24, 2016
Iran, Russia See Opportunity to Encircle the US in Afghanistan
Moscow and Tehran see an opportunity to fatal distract the United States in Afghanistan.
Iran, Russia See Opportunity to Encircle the US in Afghanistan
The Tangled History of the Afghanistan-India-Pakistan Triangle
December 16, 2016
The Tangled History of the Afghanistan-India-Pakistan Triangle
Kabul's foreign policy approach has shifted between favoring India and Pakistan since the partition.
The Tangled History of the Afghanistan-India-Pakistan Triangle
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