With or Without Peace Talks, Violence Remains a Reality in Afghanistan
June 25, 2015
With or Without Peace Talks, Violence Remains a Reality in Afghanistan
Afghanistan's precarious rapprochement with Pakistan is not paying dividends.
With or Without Peace Talks, Violence Remains a Reality in Afghanistan
Why Afghanistan Needs Pakistan
June 22, 2015
Why Afghanistan Needs Pakistan
The Afghan President is reaching out to Pakistan. A former U.S. brigade commander thinks that’s a good thing.
Why Afghanistan Needs Pakistan
Was Double Government in Afghanistan a Folly?
June 18, 2015
Was Double Government in Afghanistan a Folly?
During and after the First Anglo-Afghan War, the British embarked on a hybrid form of colonialism, it didn't work.
Was Double Government in Afghanistan a Folly?
Why the Taliban Wants ISIS Out of Afghanistan
June 18, 2015
Why the Taliban Wants ISIS Out of Afghanistan
The Taliban want to make it clear for ISIS: Afghanistan's only big enough for one of them. And it's not ISIS.
Why the Taliban Wants ISIS Out of Afghanistan
Tajik Border Guards Held by Taliban To Be Released
June 16, 2015
Tajik Border Guards Held by Taliban To Be Released
Qatar has reportedly secured the release of four Tajik border guards kidnapped by the Taliban in December.
Tajik Border Guards Held by Taliban To Be Released
What is Life in the Aralkum Like?
June 13, 2015
What is Life in the Aralkum Like?
One great article and two podcasts you shouldn’t miss. Central Asia links.
What is Life in the Aralkum Like?
Central Asia Has 99 Problems, but Extremism in Tajikistan Isn't the Worst
June 12, 2015
Central Asia Has 99 Problems, but Extremism in Tajikistan Isn't the Worst
A recent op-ed by Ahmed Rashid flubs both the little details and the bigger picture.
Central Asia Has 99 Problems, but Extremism in Tajikistan Isn't the Worst
Are Pro-Government Militias Helpful in Defeating the Taliban?
June 05, 2015
Are Pro-Government Militias Helpful in Defeating the Taliban?
According to a new report by the International Crisis Group, the answer is an unequivocal no.
Are Pro-Government Militias Helpful in Defeating the Taliban?
Afghans Fight Back with Full Force
May 28, 2015
Afghans Fight Back with Full Force
The most recent overnight attack on a guesthouse in Kabul resulted in only four Taliban casualties.
Afghans Fight Back with Full Force
Ukraine's Geopolitical Spillover Officially Makes it to Afghanistan
May 20, 2015
Ukraine's Geopolitical Spillover Officially Makes it to Afghanistan
Russia's closure of the NDN marks the end of an era.
Ukraine's Geopolitical Spillover Officially Makes it to Afghanistan
Afghanistan, Pakistan to Cooperate on Counter-Terrorism
May 18, 2015
Afghanistan, Pakistan to Cooperate on Counter-Terrorism
Afghanistan and Pakistan will cooperate formally on counter-terrorism. Is this a seachange in their bilateral ties?
Afghanistan, Pakistan to Cooperate on Counter-Terrorism
Talking Peace With the Taliban During the Summer Offensive
May 16, 2015
Talking Peace With the Taliban During the Summer Offensive
Another bloody summer awaits Afghanistan.
Talking Peace With the Taliban During the Summer Offensive
Will Afghanistan and Pakistan Jointly Fight the Taliban?
May 16, 2015
Will Afghanistan and Pakistan Jointly Fight the Taliban?
A recent high-level bilateral meeting might indicate that Islamabad and Kabul have put their old differences aside.
Will Afghanistan and Pakistan Jointly Fight the Taliban?
Tajikistan Closes Eastern Region to Tourists
May 16, 2015
Tajikistan Closes Eastern Region to Tourists
Recent fighting across the border in Afghanistan has made authorities nervous.
Tajikistan Closes Eastern Region to Tourists
Asia's Crossroads: A Better Definition of 'Central Asia'
May 09, 2015
Asia's Crossroads: A Better Definition of 'Central Asia'
Our current politico-geographic conception of "Central Asia" is nebulous and arbitrary.
Asia's Crossroads: A Better Definition of 'Central Asia'
Are Afghanistan’s Police Safe?
May 08, 2015
Are Afghanistan’s Police Safe?
The killing of 18 officers in Northeastern Afghanistan once again calls into question the safety of Afghan policemen
Are Afghanistan’s Police Safe?
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