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Is the Taliban’s Former Capital Ready to Welcome Them Back?
April 18, 2019
Is the Taliban’s Former Capital Ready to Welcome Them Back?
Kandahar has come a long way since Taliban rule. What do its residents think about the peace talks?
Is the Taliban’s Former Capital Ready to Welcome Them Back?
The Afghan Endgame: What, When, and How
April 15, 2019
The Afghan Endgame: What, When, and How
As Doha gears up for another round of Taliban talks, hope and despair are both in the air.
The Afghan Endgame: What, When, and How
The Afghan National Unity Government’s ‘China Card’ Approach to Pakistan: Part 2
April 12, 2019
The Afghan National Unity Government’s ‘China Card’ Approach to Pakistan: Part 2
The NUG has seen more success than its predecessors in appealing to China – largely thanks to the Belt and Road.
The Afghan National Unity Government’s ‘China Card’ Approach to Pakistan: Part 2
Taliban Declare Start of Spring Offensive Amid Talks With US
April 12, 2019
Taliban Declare Start of Spring Offensive Amid Talks With US
Even though Taliban attacks never quite ceased during the winter, the insurgent group made its annual spring announcement.
Taliban Declare Start of Spring Offensive Amid Talks With US
Why Is Zalmay Khalilzad Such a Controversial Figure in Afghanistan?
April 04, 2019
Why Is Zalmay Khalilzad Such a Controversial Figure in Afghanistan?
Khalilzad’s history is worth recounting, to give context to recent chafing at his tactics in pursuing peace.
Why Is Zalmay Khalilzad Such a Controversial Figure in Afghanistan?
Why the US Envoy's Road to Afghan Peace Is Littered With Obstacles
February 06, 2019
Why the US Envoy's Road to Afghan Peace Is Littered With Obstacles
While the U.S. and the Taliban have both claimed significant progress in the latest talks, they have yet to pen a deal.
Why the US Envoy's Road to Afghan Peace Is Littered With Obstacles
Afghan Peace Talks Make More Slow Progress
December 22, 2018
Afghan Peace Talks Make More Slow Progress
For the “first time I feel optimistic while following these talks,” one observer says.
Afghan Peace Talks Make More Slow Progress
The Afghanistan Conundrum: Russia’s Peace Plays and India’s Room for Maneuver
November 12, 2018
The Afghanistan Conundrum: Russia’s Peace Plays and India’s Room for Maneuver
Realities are changing in Afghanistan, and New Delhi must be nimble.
The Afghanistan Conundrum: Russia’s Peace Plays and India’s Room for Maneuver
With Mullah Mansour Out of the Picture, Is Peace Near for Afghanistan?
May 24, 2016
With Mullah Mansour Out of the Picture, Is Peace Near for Afghanistan?
After Mullah Mansour's death, the Taliban must cut a deal with the Afghan government.
With Mullah Mansour Out of the Picture, Is Peace Near for Afghanistan?
Hezb-e-Islami Moves Closer to a Final Deal with the Afghan Government
May 18, 2016
Hezb-e-Islami Moves Closer to a Final Deal with the Afghan Government
Kabul is optimistic and to be honest, needs a win.
Hezb-e-Islami Moves Closer to a Final Deal with the Afghan Government
Hezb-e-Islami's Opening Is a Major Opportunity for Ashraf Ghani and Afghanistan
May 11, 2016
Hezb-e-Islami's Opening Is a Major Opportunity for Ashraf Ghani and Afghanistan
Peace may remain elusive for Afghanistan, but outreach to Hezb-e-Islami will be an important stepping stone in getting there.
Hezb-e-Islami's Opening Is a Major Opportunity for Ashraf Ghani and Afghanistan
Ashraf Ghani's New Plan to Win Afghanistan's Long War Against the Taliban
April 28, 2016
Ashraf Ghani's New Plan to Win Afghanistan's Long War Against the Taliban
Afghanistan's president appears determined to move beyond peace talks.
Ashraf Ghani's New Plan to Win Afghanistan's Long War Against the Taliban
Ahmed Rashid on Afghanistan's Challenges in 2016
March 24, 2016
Ahmed Rashid on Afghanistan's Challenges in 2016
The Diplomat speaks with long-time Taliban analyst Ahmed Rashid about the possibility for peace in Afghanistan.
Ahmed Rashid on Afghanistan's Challenges in 2016
Pakistan Hosts 4-Nation Talks on Afghan Peace
January 11, 2016
Pakistan Hosts 4-Nation Talks on Afghan Peace
A four-country meeting will pave the path to resumed peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.
Pakistan Hosts 4-Nation Talks on Afghan Peace
7 Events of Geopolitical Consequence to Anticipate in Asia in Early 2016
December 31, 2015
7 Events of Geopolitical Consequence to Anticipate in Asia in Early 2016
2016 will kick off with a bang. Here's what you need to keep an eye on early in the new year.
7 Events of Geopolitical Consequence to Anticipate in Asia in Early 2016
Afghanistan's Ex-Intelligence Chief Reflects on Mullah Omar's Death
July 30, 2015
Afghanistan's Ex-Intelligence Chief Reflects on Mullah Omar's Death
Amrullah Saleh, the former head of Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security (NDS), discusses Mullah Omar's death.
Afghanistan's Ex-Intelligence Chief Reflects on Mullah Omar's Death
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