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US-Central Asia: New Trilateral Dialogues Bring Regional Focus to Afghanistan
April 06, 2021

US-Central Asia: New Trilateral Dialogues Bring Regional Focus to Afghanistan

By Akram Umarov
In May 2020 and March 2021, the United States started up two new trilateral dialogues pairing Afghanistan with Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. 
Spike in Violence Follows Failed Negotiations Between the Pakistani Taliban and Islamabad
April 03, 2021

Spike in Violence Follows Failed Negotiations Between the Pakistani Taliban and Islamabad

By Franz J. Marty
Sources reveal secret negotiations between Pakistan’s government and the TTP, which ultimately fell apart.

Assassinations Silence Afghanistan’s Intellectuals
March 24, 2021

Assassinations Silence Afghanistan’s Intellectuals

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
In each of Afghanistan’s past conflicts, intellectuals have been targets of intolerance and violence. Even as peace appears on the horizon, the risks intensify. 

Tensions Mount Between Afghan Government, Powerful Warlord
March 24, 2021

Tensions Mount Between Afghan Government, Powerful Warlord

By Rahim Faiez
The government has launched an assault in central Maidan Wardak province, vowing to punish the warlord, Abdul Ghani Alipoor, after the defense minister accused his fighters of shooting down a military helicopter.

In Kabul, Pentagon Chief Speaks of ‘Responsible End’ to War
March 23, 2021

In Kabul, Pentagon Chief Speaks of ‘Responsible End’ to War

By Lolita C. Baldor and Rahmin Faiez
With questions swirling about how long U.S. troops will remain in the country, Austin said that "in terms of an end date or setting a specific date for withdrawal, that's the domain of my boss."
Moscow Conference on Afghan Peace: Two Steps Back for Women, One Step Forward for Peace
March 23, 2021

Moscow Conference on Afghan Peace: Two Steps Back for Women, One Step Forward for Peace

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
The one-day conference last week is part of a larger effort by regional powers to make peace between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

May Deadline Looms for Washington on Exiting the Afghan War
March 19, 2021

May Deadline Looms for Washington on Exiting the Afghan War

By Catherine Putz
Will it be May? Maybe not.
Russia Hosts Afghan Peace Conference, Hoping to Boost Talks
March 19, 2021

Russia Hosts Afghan Peace Conference, Hoping to Boost Talks

By Vladimir Isachenkov
In a statement issued after the talks, Russia, the U.S., China, and Pakistan called on the warring parties to reduce the level of violence in the country.

Afghan Delegation for Moscow Talks Announced
March 17, 2021

Afghan Delegation for Moscow Talks Announced

By Catherine Putz
Can men who have failed so many times before to secure Afghanistan’s future truly chart a better way forward?

Eagle Down: The Last Special Forces Fighting the Forever War
March 16, 2021

Eagle Down: The Last Special Forces Fighting the Forever War

By Catherine Putz
An interview with Jessica Donati.

Memo Banning Afghan Girls Singing Prompts #IAmMySong Protest
March 13, 2021

Memo Banning Afghan Girls Singing Prompts #IAmMySong Protest

By Associated Press
The memo from Afghanistan’s education ministry banning girls from singing at school functions was rescinded, but not before sparking a backlash.
Even After a Peace Agreement, Afghanistan’s Future Unclear
March 11, 2021

Even After a Peace Agreement, Afghanistan’s Future Unclear

By Milad Naeimi
Yet another elite-based peace agreement, rather than one centered on the people, simply assures a future conflict in Afghanistan.

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