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War, Drugs, and Peace: Afghanistan and Myanmar
September 14, 2017
War, Drugs, and Peace: Afghanistan and Myanmar
The illegal drug trade is sabotaging peace in Afghanistan and Myanmar alike.
War, Drugs, and Peace: Afghanistan and Myanmar
The Battle for the Afghan Border
August 04, 2017
The Battle for the Afghan Border
What do Afghanistan’s border guards see as the main obstacles to securing the frontier?
The Battle for the Afghan Border
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
Decoding Afghan Security Forces' Failures
June 23, 2017
Decoding Afghan Security Forces' Failures
Afghanistan's woefully unprepared intelligence and security agencies are as much of a problem as cross-border terrorism.
Decoding Afghan Security Forces' Failures
Afghan Jihad Frozen in Time?
April 25, 2017
Afghan Jihad Frozen in Time?
A visit to Hezb-i Islami in the field
Afghan Jihad Frozen in Time?
The New Cold War Politics in Afghanistan
April 10, 2017
The New Cold War Politics in Afghanistan
Regional rivalries involving Pakistan, India, Russia, and China complicate an already dire security situation.
The New Cold War Politics in Afghanistan
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
Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the 'Good Taliban'
March 10, 2017
Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the 'Good Taliban'
Pakistan believes Afghanistan is harboring terrorists that conduct cross-border attacks; Kabul says the same.
Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the 'Good Taliban'
The Women in Afghanistan’s Moral Prisons
March 08, 2017
The Women in Afghanistan’s Moral Prisons
Sex before marriage, fleeing abuse, even being raped could land a woman in one of Afghanistan's moral prisons.
The Women in Afghanistan’s Moral Prisons
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
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
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
Does More Aid Mean More Corruption in Afghanistan? 
September 30, 2016
Does More Aid Mean More Corruption in Afghanistan? 
Looking ahead to the Brussels conference, and back to the Kabul Bank scandal.
Does More Aid Mean More Corruption in Afghanistan? 
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?
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