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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
Despite Rising Violence, Some Promising Trends in Afghanistan
December 09, 2016
Despite Rising Violence, Some Promising Trends in Afghanistan
A recent survey shows that, while many problems persist in Afghanistan, there are some positive developments.
Despite Rising Violence, Some Promising Trends in Afghanistan
Finding a Future for Afghanistan
December 09, 2016
Finding a Future for Afghanistan
The range of tenable outcomes in Afghanistan is becoming limited.
Finding a Future for Afghanistan
Trump Can't End the War in Afghanistan Without Iran
November 24, 2016
Trump Can't End the War in Afghanistan Without Iran
If the next U.S. president wants stability in Afghanistan, he will have to come to terms with Iran.
Trump Can't End the War in Afghanistan Without Iran
The Schools of the Taliban
November 03, 2016
The Schools of the Taliban
In areas under Taliban control, schools are being reshaped to fit the Taliban agenda.
The Schools of the Taliban
Here Come the Taliban Drones
November 02, 2016
Here Come the Taliban Drones
For the first time ever, the Taliban used an off-the-shelf drone to record a suicide attack.
Here Come the Taliban Drones
Afghanistan's Tribal Areas Are Still the Key to the War on Terror
November 01, 2016
Afghanistan's Tribal Areas Are Still the Key to the War on Terror
A recent suicide attack on a tribal jirga underscores the region's importance to global terrorism.
Afghanistan's Tribal Areas Are Still the Key to the War on Terror
Afghanistan's Anti-Taliban Vigilantes: Blessing or Curse?
September 15, 2016
Afghanistan's Anti-Taliban Vigilantes: Blessing or Curse?
When locals take their defense into their own hands, what does that mean for Afghanistan's central government?
Afghanistan's Anti-Taliban Vigilantes: Blessing or Curse?
Since 9/11, Afghanistan Makes Progress Amid Violence
September 12, 2016
Since 9/11, Afghanistan Makes Progress Amid Violence
Afghanistan has made substantial progress in the past 15 years, but still needs the world's support.
Since 9/11, Afghanistan Makes Progress Amid Violence
2016 Fighting Season Highlights Vulnerabilities for Afghan Forces
August 31, 2016
2016 Fighting Season Highlights Vulnerabilities for Afghan Forces
Why the fortress fiefdom effect is reducing the combat capabilities of Afghan forces.
2016 Fighting Season Highlights Vulnerabilities for Afghan Forces
Strategic District in Paktia, Afghanistan Falls to the Taliban
August 29, 2016
Strategic District in Paktia, Afghanistan Falls to the Taliban
Jani Khel district, located along a strategic supply route, is overrun after a prolonged siege.
Strategic District in Paktia, Afghanistan Falls to the Taliban
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