Taliban Pledge to Protect Infrastructure Projects
December 01, 2016
Taliban Pledge to Protect Infrastructure Projects
The Taliban say they are "committed to safeguarding" national infrastructure projects like CASA-1000 and TAPI.
Taliban Pledge to Protect Infrastructure Projects
The 3 Big Challenges Facing Pakistan Next Army Chief
November 27, 2016
The 3 Big Challenges Facing Pakistan Next Army Chief
Pakistan’s next military chief faces a wide range of challenges on both the domestic and external fronts.  
The 3 Big Challenges Facing Pakistan Next Army Chief
What Afghans Expect From Donald Trump
November 21, 2016
What Afghans Expect From Donald Trump
President-elect Donald J. Trump must clarify his position on Afghanistan as soon as possible.
What Afghans Expect From Donald Trump
Taliban Commanders Key to Peace With Afghanistan
November 03, 2016
Taliban Commanders Key to Peace With Afghanistan
A factionalized Taliban adds another dynamic to a complicated peace process in Afghanistan.
Taliban Commanders Key to Peace With Afghanistan
How Opium Fuels the Taliban’s War Machine in Afghanistan
October 28, 2016
How Opium Fuels the Taliban’s War Machine in Afghanistan
There can be no victory over the insurgency unless narcotics are brought into the war agenda in Afghanistan.
How Opium Fuels the Taliban’s War Machine in Afghanistan
NATO Trains Afghan Tactical Air Controllers as Civilian Casualties Rise
October 22, 2016
NATO Trains Afghan Tactical Air Controllers as Civilian Casualties Rise
NATO and Afghan forces continue to adapt to capability and capacity gaps.
NATO Trains Afghan Tactical Air Controllers as Civilian Casualties Rise
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
Will the Olive Branch With Gulbuddin Hekmatyar Bring Peace in Afghanistan?
October 13, 2016
Will the Olive Branch With Gulbuddin Hekmatyar Bring Peace in Afghanistan?
The peace deal with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is an achievement to Ghani's credit, but will it change the Taliban's thinking?
Will the Olive Branch With Gulbuddin Hekmatyar Bring Peace in Afghanistan?
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
Kunduz Back in Government Control as Taliban Conduct Information Operations
October 04, 2016
Kunduz Back in Government Control as Taliban Conduct Information Operations
Afghan forces retook the city center of Kunduz on Tuesday after it was briefly taken by Taliban militants.
Kunduz Back in Government Control as Taliban Conduct Information Operations
Ghani’s Brussels Trip Overshadowed as Taliban Capture Kunduz Again
October 03, 2016
Ghani’s Brussels Trip Overshadowed as Taliban Capture Kunduz Again
The Taliban have launched yet another major assault on Kunduz.
Ghani’s Brussels Trip Overshadowed as Taliban Capture Kunduz Again
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
Afghanistan, Between India and Pakistan
August 19, 2016
Afghanistan, Between India and Pakistan
Has the time come for Pakistan to put an end to its security dilemma with India?
Afghanistan, Between India and Pakistan
The Battle for Helmand: Afghanistan's Largest Province May Fall Entirely to the Taliban
August 11, 2016
The Battle for Helmand: Afghanistan's Largest Province May Fall Entirely to the Taliban
Helmand, the nexus of opium production in Afghanistan, may fall entirely into the Taliban's hands.
The Battle for Helmand: Afghanistan's Largest Province May Fall Entirely to the Taliban
Is China Bringing its South China Sea Tactics to the East China Sea?
August 11, 2016
Is China Bringing its South China Sea Tactics to the East China Sea?
Plus, PACOM's top man speaks, India and nuclear testing, Afghanistan's sturggle in Helmand, and more. Links.
Is China Bringing its South China Sea Tactics to the East China Sea?
It's Official: 8,400 US Troops Will Remain in Afghanistan Beyond 2016
July 07, 2016
It's Official: 8,400 US Troops Will Remain in Afghanistan Beyond 2016
The number represents a modest decrease from current levels, but an increase over the planned 5,500.
It's Official: 8,400 US Troops Will Remain in Afghanistan Beyond 2016
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