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UN Doha Conference on Afghanistan Fails to Achieve Key Goals

UN Doha Conference on Afghanistan Fails to Achieve Key Goals

By Freshta Jalalzai
The Taliban’s refusal to participate – and those invited to represent Afghanistan from other groups – sparked much debate among Afghans.

A Murdered Ambassador, a Closed Embassy: The Tragic History of US Diplomacy in Afghanistan

A Murdered Ambassador, a Closed Embassy: The Tragic History of US Diplomacy in Afghanistan

By Freshta Jalalzai
As the U.S. debates the fate of its embassy in Kabul, it's worth remembering the broader context of Afghanistan-U.S. diplomatic relations – including the murder of Ambassador Dubs in 1979.
Afghanistan’s Climate Crisis: Addressing Drivers of Conflict

Afghanistan’s Climate Crisis: Addressing Drivers of Conflict

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
Helping Afghans deal with climate-induced emergencies could aid in addressing the drivers of unending conflict and instability in the long-term.

Is Afghanistan’s ‘Regional Cooperation Initiative’ an Opening for India?

Is Afghanistan’s ‘Regional Cooperation Initiative’ an Opening for India?

By Anuraag Khaund
As the Taliban’s Islamic Emirate calls for developing a “region-centric narrative,” New Delhi can’t afford to be left out.

Pakistan’s TTP Challenge and Afghanistan-Pakistan Relations 

Pakistan’s TTP Challenge and Afghanistan-Pakistan Relations 

By Nazir Ahmad Mir
The Taliban have proved unresponsive to Pakistan's security concerns, resulting in mounting tensions between the two.

China Welcomes a Taliban Ambassador to Beijing

China Welcomes a Taliban Ambassador to Beijing

By Freshta Jalalzai
While still short of formal diplomatic recognition, the move is part of a trend of growing engagement driven by the strategic interests of both sides.

Engaging With the Taliban Doesn’t Work

Engaging With the Taliban Doesn’t Work

By Lauryn Oates
Observers urging engagement with the Taliban should take direction from those on the ground, who are directly impacted by the Taliban’s discriminatory policies. 
The Plight of Hazaras Under the Taliban Government

The Plight of Hazaras Under the Taliban Government

By Gul Hassan Mohammadi
Under the Taliban, the Hazara community in Afghanistan is subjected to extreme violence and systematic dehumanization.

Kazakhstan’s Evolving Afghanistan Policy

Kazakhstan’s Evolving Afghanistan Policy

By Aziza Mukhammedova
Afghanistan’s market and its position as a trade route that can connect Central Asia to South Asian ports are critically important to Kazakhstan.

Impasse at Torkham: Pakistan’s Border Closure a Pressure Tactic on the Taliban

Impasse at Torkham: Pakistan’s Border Closure a Pressure Tactic on the Taliban

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
Pakistan is leveraging the border as a tool of pressure to secure its political interests vis-a-vis Afghanistan.

It’s Time to Confront the Taliban’s Corruption

It’s Time to Confront the Taliban’s Corruption

By David J. Kramer, Natalie Gonnella-Platts, and Jessica Ludwig
Fundamental to the Taliban’s vicious pursuit of power is the strategic use of corruption and kleptocracy. 
The Plight of Deported Afghans 

The Plight of Deported Afghans 

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
An unending refugee and humanitarian crisis the world seems to have forgotten.

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