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Even as Peace Talks Resume, Killing Soars in Afghanistan
February 26, 2021

Even as Peace Talks Resume, Killing Soars in Afghanistan

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
After a month-long hiatus, the Taliban and Afghan government are talking again. Will it make a difference for Afghans?

What’s Behind the Planned Uzbekistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan Railway?
February 25, 2021

What’s Behind the Planned Uzbekistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan Railway?

By Hugh Ollard
The three countries agreed on a roadmap for building a new railway, but what are the prospects of, and problems along, the route?
What Has the US Learned About Supporting Afghanistan’s Women?
February 23, 2021

What Has the US Learned About Supporting Afghanistan’s Women?

By Catherine Putz
Firstly, the country's cultural context cannot be ignored.

NATO Chief Dismisses Early Pullout of Afghan Troop Trainers
February 18, 2021

NATO Chief Dismisses Early Pullout of Afghan Troop Trainers

By Associated Press
"Our presence in Afghanistan is conditions based, and Taliban has to meet their commitments," NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said.

President Biden’s Afghanistan Challenge
February 17, 2021

President Biden’s Afghanistan Challenge

By Daud Khattak
The fate of the U.S.-Taliban deal hangs in the balance, while the peace process stalls. What will the Biden administration ultimately do about Afghanistan?

Did China Build a Spy Network in Kabul?
February 17, 2021

Did China Build a Spy Network in Kabul?

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
Amid murky allegations of contact with the Haqqani Network, the life of one Chinese national in Kabul comes under scrutiny.

Dam Agreement Highlights India’s Soft Power Gambit in Afghanistan
February 12, 2021

Dam Agreement Highlights India’s Soft Power Gambit in Afghanistan

By Priyanjali Simon
Compared to Islamabad, New Delhi has preferred a softer approach towards protecting its interests in Afghanistan.
Taliban Visit Turkmenistan, Promise (Again) to Protect TAPI
February 09, 2021

Taliban Visit Turkmenistan, Promise (Again) to Protect TAPI

By Catherine Putz
TAPI has long been hailed as a monumentally important project – but it's unclear whether it will ever be built.

Why Afghanistan Is Caught in a Budget Crisis – Again
February 04, 2021

Why Afghanistan Is Caught in a Budget Crisis – Again

By Mohammad Qadam Shah
Every year, parliament rejects the government budget. That's because there are serious flaws in the planning and budgeting process.

US Watchdog: Taliban Attacks Increased in Afghan Capital
February 02, 2021

US Watchdog: Taliban Attacks Increased in Afghan Capital

By Associated Press
The report came as the Biden administration announced plans to reassess the peace agreement between the U.S. and the Taliban.

Taliban Visit Moscow, Voice Hope US Will Honor Peace Deal
January 30, 2021

Taliban Visit Moscow, Voice Hope US Will Honor Peace Deal

By Associated Press
Sher Mohammed Abbas Stanikzai, who led the Taliban delegation to Moscow,  insisted that the Taliban have been abiding by the deal.
A Brief History of Mangal Bagh
January 30, 2021

A Brief History of Mangal Bagh

By Daud Khattak
Mangal Bagh, the leader of Lashkar-e-Islam (LeI), was recently killed in Afghanistan. Who was he?

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