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Afghanistan: Rethinking the Transition Strategy
April 12, 2016

Afghanistan: Rethinking the Transition Strategy

By Abbas Farasoo
Afghanistan's government must learn the lessons of 2015 as it looks forward to a long-term transition.

Afghanistan: Lessons Learned for the 2016 Fighting Season
February 15, 2016

Afghanistan: Lessons Learned for the 2016 Fighting Season

By Shawn Snow
The situation is not all bad, but Afghan forces need to learn the lessons of 2015.
3 Lessons for Kabul and Washington After the Battle for Kunduz
October 15, 2015

3 Lessons for Kabul and Washington After the Battle for Kunduz

By Ankit Panda
The 15-day siege of Kunduz will be a wake-up call for Kabul and Washington.

Kunduz Frontline Report: 10 Days After the Taliban Siege
October 10, 2015

Kunduz Frontline Report: 10 Days After the Taliban Siege

By Sanjay Kumar
The Diplomat’s Sanjay Kumar speaks to Afghan journalist Shershah Nawabi 10 days after the fall of the city to the Taliban.

Is the Afghan Army Losing the War in Afghanistan?
July 22, 2015

Is the Afghan Army Losing the War in Afghanistan?

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Halfway through the fighting season, Afghan security forces are struggling to hold their ground.

Afghan Forces are Suffering Record Losses
May 05, 2015

Afghan Forces are Suffering Record Losses

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Could this undermine the fighting spirit of the Afghan army and police in their battles against the Taliban?

Taliban Onslaught: What is Happening in Afghanistan?
April 29, 2015

Taliban Onslaught: What is Happening in Afghanistan?

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The fighting season in Afghanistan began with a vengeance this year.
Why Pakistan Is Footing the Bill for Afghan Army Training
April 01, 2015

Why Pakistan Is Footing the Bill for Afghan Army Training

By Jack Detsch
Afghanistan has sent six cadets to undergo training in Abbottabad. What does it mean for relations with Pakistan?

Afghans Ponder the End of ISAF
January 20, 2015

Afghans Ponder the End of ISAF

By Franz J. Marty
Afghan views on the end of the international combat missions in the Hindu Kush.

Can the Afghan Army Prevail on the Battlefield?
January 07, 2015

Can the Afghan Army Prevail on the Battlefield?

By Franz-Stefan Gady
For all their flaws, there’s reason to think Afghanistan’s national security forces can hold their ground.

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