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Will Pakistan Benefit From the US 'Mother of All Bombs' Strike in Afghanistan?
April 18, 2017
Will Pakistan Benefit From the US 'Mother of All Bombs' Strike in Afghanistan?
Could the strike on eastern Afghanistan help Pakistan with its cross-border militancy problem?
Will Pakistan Benefit From the US 'Mother of All Bombs' Strike in Afghanistan?
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
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
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
Suicide Blast at Shia Mosque in Kabul Kills Over 30
November 21, 2016
Suicide Blast at Shia Mosque in Kabul Kills Over 30
The target and timing suggests the Islamic State's local affiliate is responsible, aiming to stoke sectarianism.
Suicide Blast at Shia Mosque in Kabul Kills Over 30
Pakistan’s Jihad Paradox in Balochistan
November 14, 2016
Pakistan’s Jihad Paradox in Balochistan
The streak of attacks in Balochistan underlines Pakistan’s problem with the sectarian groups it used to support.
Pakistan’s Jihad Paradox in Balochistan
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
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
Afghan Commandos: Afghanistan’s First, Last, and Best Line of Defense
August 23, 2016
Afghan Commandos: Afghanistan’s First, Last, and Best Line of Defense
Commandos are the country's best hope for staving off advances from the Taliban and ISIS.
Afghan Commandos: Afghanistan’s First, Last, and Best Line of Defense
Former Guantanamo Prisoner Leads Afghanistan's Fight Against ISIS
April 01, 2016
Former Guantanamo Prisoner Leads Afghanistan's Fight Against ISIS
Achin's district governor is at war with an old friend from Guantanamo Bay.
Former Guantanamo Prisoner Leads Afghanistan's Fight Against ISIS
What Happened to ISIS’s Afghanistan-Pakistan Province?
February 02, 2016
What Happened to ISIS’s Afghanistan-Pakistan Province?
A year after its founding, the Islamic State’s Khurasan province remains a notional entity.
What Happened to ISIS’s Afghanistan-Pakistan Province?
Afghanistan’s Successes and Failures in 2015
January 04, 2016
Afghanistan’s Successes and Failures in 2015
2015 saw Afghanistan face several challenges, but the National Unity Government saw modest success as well.
Afghanistan’s Successes and Failures in 2015
How Putin Plans to Fight Terrorism in Central Asia
October 20, 2015
How Putin Plans to Fight Terrorism in Central Asia
Fears of spillover from Afghanistan and ISIS have prompted Moscow to increase its military might in Central Asia.
How Putin Plans to Fight Terrorism in Central Asia
Islamic State Eying Afghanistan’s Natural Resources
June 28, 2015
Islamic State Eying Afghanistan’s Natural Resources
An expansion of the group’s operations in Afghanistan could threaten the fledgling mining industry.
Islamic State Eying Afghanistan’s Natural Resources
Interview: Afghanistan’s Foreign Policy
May 21, 2015
Interview: Afghanistan’s Foreign Policy
How has Afghanistan’s foreign policy evolved under President Ashraf Ghani?
Interview: Afghanistan’s Foreign Policy
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