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Western Amnesia and the Trauma of Taliban Rule
April 30, 2021

Western Amnesia and the Trauma of Taliban Rule

By Lauryn Oates
By all available evidence, the Taliban remain a group of militants whose primary driver is the imposition of their extremist ideology.
Young Afghan Women, Grown Up Without Taliban, Dread Their Return
April 30, 2021

Young Afghan Women, Grown Up Without Taliban, Dread Their Return

By Kathy Gannon
“With the return of the Taliban, society will be transformed and ruined… Women will be sent into hiding.”

The Taliban’s Difficult Pledge
April 29, 2021

The Taliban’s Difficult Pledge

By Obaidullah Baheer
Even if it wanted to, could the Taliban ever really cut ties with and oppose al-Qaida?

How Biden’s Attempted Shortcut Undermines Peace in Afghanistan 
April 29, 2021

How Biden’s Attempted Shortcut Undermines Peace in Afghanistan 

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
The Biden administration hoped to take a shortcut to peace in Afghanistan with one more big conference. It won’t work.

US Afghan Envoy Khalilzad Defends Biden Withdrawal Plan 
April 29, 2021

US Afghan Envoy Khalilzad Defends Biden Withdrawal Plan 

By Catherine Putz
In a hearing called by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week, Khalilzad reiterated the rationale for the administration’s decision to exit Afghanistan.
What Tajik Gold Smuggling Bust Tells Us About Afghanistan
April 27, 2021

What Tajik Gold Smuggling Bust Tells Us About Afghanistan

By Catherine Putz
As uncertainty persists in Afghanistan, some will seek to smuggle cash and gold out via Central Asia.

The Fatemiyoun Army: Iran’s Afghan Crusaders in Syria
April 23, 2021

The Fatemiyoun Army: Iran’s Afghan Crusaders in Syria

By Arian Sharifi
Loyal proxy groups, like the Fatemiyoun Army, provide Tehran with a cost-effective means to confront its stronger foes.
Australia Avoids Reckoning With Afghanistan War Crimes Allegations
April 22, 2021

Australia Avoids Reckoning With Afghanistan War Crimes Allegations

By Joshua Mcdonald
More cases of alleged unlawful killings and abuse by Australian special forces in Afghanistan arise.

Here’s How Biden Can Still Support Peace in Afghanistan
April 22, 2021

Here’s How Biden Can Still Support Peace in Afghanistan

By Aidan Mark Lewis
Deciding to withdraw may prove disastrous, but the U.S. has policy options now that the decision has been made.

Regional Interests at Stake as Biden Announces Military Withdrawal From Afghanistan
April 21, 2021

Regional Interests at Stake as Biden Announces Military Withdrawal From Afghanistan

By Saif Khattak
Russia, China, Iran, India, and, most of all, Pakistan have interests at stake as the U.S. aims to withdraw from Afghanistan.

The US Exit: Views From Afghanistan’s Civil Society
April 17, 2021

The US Exit: Views From Afghanistan’s Civil Society

By Ritu Mahendru and Inshah Malik
With Biden’s announced timeline for full U.S. withdrawal, there’s a looming question of failed promises in Afghanistan.
Blinken in Afghanistan to Sell Biden Troop Withdrawal
April 16, 2021

Blinken in Afghanistan to Sell Biden Troop Withdrawal

By Matthew Lee
"The partnership is changing, but the partnership itself is enduring,” Blinken said during his unannounced visit to Afghanistan.

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