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A Battle of Several Fronts: Afghan Women in the Security Forces
April 30, 2018
A Battle of Several Fronts: Afghan Women in the Security Forces
Afghanistan can do more to bring women into the security forces, and the country will benefit greatly from doing so.
A Battle of Several Fronts: Afghan Women in the Security Forces
Afghan-Pakistani Cross-Border Terrorism Cuts Both Ways
April 09, 2018
Afghan-Pakistani Cross-Border Terrorism Cuts Both Ways
Exploring on-the-ground reports of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan presence in Afghanistan.
Afghan-Pakistani Cross-Border Terrorism Cuts Both Ways
Can Afghanistan Return to Its Pre-2014 Boom Time?
March 28, 2018
Can Afghanistan Return to Its Pre-2014 Boom Time?
The Afghan government will struggle to jump-start economic growth while political uncertainty is perhaps at its height.
Can Afghanistan Return to Its Pre-2014 Boom Time?
What Living in Kabul Is Really Like
January 02, 2018
What Living in Kabul Is Really Like
Afghanistan's capital is not even half as dangerous as everyone thinks.
What Living in Kabul Is Really Like
Kabul's Plan to Realize Afghanistan’s Geographic Dividend
December 05, 2017
Kabul's Plan to Realize Afghanistan’s Geographic Dividend
The Afghan government is working to turn the country's landlocked location into an asset.
Kabul's Plan to Realize Afghanistan’s Geographic Dividend
Afghanistan: A Civil War State of Mind
September 20, 2017
Afghanistan: A Civil War State of Mind
By hunkering down, the U.S. and Afghan governments hope to eventually bring the Taliban to the table.
Afghanistan: A Civil War State of Mind
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?
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