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US Starts Troop Pullout, Seeks End to Afghan Leaders’ Feud
March 10, 2020

US Starts Troop Pullout, Seeks End to Afghan Leaders’ Feud

By Associated Press
The United States began withdrawing troops from Afghanistan while the dueling inaugurations of Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah have thrown plans for talks with the Taliban into chaos.
The Legitimacy of the Afghan Government Post-Election and After the US-Taliban Deal
March 10, 2020

The Legitimacy of the Afghan Government Post-Election and After the US-Taliban Deal

By Najibullah Noorzai
How can the Afghan government revive its legitimacy ahead of the intra-Afghan peace talks?

Dueling Afghan Leaders Both Declare Themselves President
March 10, 2020

Dueling Afghan Leaders Both Declare Themselves President

By Associated Press
Kabul’s political crisis continued to deepen with Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah both holding rival inaugurations.

US Strikes Taliban Forces Days After ‘Historic’ Deal
March 04, 2020

US Strikes Taliban Forces Days After ‘Historic’ Deal

By Catherine Putz
The deal promises intra-Afghan talks to start March 10 and the release of Taliban prisoners; Kabul has rejected the latter and is scrambling to build a team for the former.

Afghanistan: Between Hope and Hopelessness
March 04, 2020

Afghanistan: Between Hope and Hopelessness

By Daud Khattak
The biggest obstacle to peace is no longer the Taliban, but the political fractures in Kabul.
The Rocky Road From Doha to Intra-Afghan talks
February 28, 2020

The Rocky Road From Doha to Intra-Afghan talks

By Matthew Willner-Reid
6 potential pitfalls could upend talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban before they even begin.

Afghans Celebrate Reduction in Hostilities But Fear Civil War
February 26, 2020

Afghans Celebrate Reduction in Hostilities But Fear Civil War

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
The U.S. is ready to make peace with the Taliban. But can Afghanistan’s political factions come to terms with each other?
US Urges Afghanistan to Focus on Peace and Intra-Afghan Talks, Not Electoral Politics
February 26, 2020

US Urges Afghanistan to Focus on Peace and Intra-Afghan Talks, Not Electoral Politics

By Catherine Putz
U.S. State Department statement neither congratulated nor contradicted Ghani’s electoral victory.

Political Reform Urgently Needed in Afghanistan
February 22, 2020

Political Reform Urgently Needed in Afghanistan

By Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili and Mohammad Qadam Shah
Without reform of its centralized political system, Afghanistan will remain mired in factionalism and civil conflict.

Afghanistan: Ghani-Abdullah Row May Thwart the Prospect of Peace
February 22, 2020

Afghanistan: Ghani-Abdullah Row May Thwart the Prospect of Peace

By Daud Khattak
Even as a U.S.-Taliban peace deal is announced, Kabul is in the grips of a political crisis.

It’s Official: Afghanistan Election Commission Says President Ghani Wins 2nd Term
February 19, 2020

It’s Official: Afghanistan Election Commission Says President Ghani Wins 2nd Term

By Associated Press
Over four months after voting on the next president, Afghanistan finally has declared a winner.
Where Is the Afghan Peace Deal Now?
February 05, 2020

Where Is the Afghan Peace Deal Now?

By Catherine Putz
Is the United States any closer to settling a long-discussed peace deal with the Taliban? Not really, if comments from top diplomats are anything to go by.

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