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What Happened to the Afghan-Led, Afghan-Owned Peace Talks?
May 30, 2019
What Happened to the Afghan-Led, Afghan-Owned Peace Talks?
Talks continue without Kabul; meanwhile, the Afghan government struggles with questions of legitimacy at the top.
What Happened to the Afghan-Led, Afghan-Owned Peace Talks?
Arresting India's Drift on Afghanistan
February 07, 2019
Arresting India's Drift on Afghanistan
India has been relegated to the status of a reactive power in Afghanistan.
Arresting India's Drift on Afghanistan
Afghanistan's Presidential Race in Full Swing
January 26, 2019
Afghanistan's Presidential Race in Full Swing
What's at stake as Afghanistan moves toward its next presidential election?
Afghanistan's Presidential Race in Full Swing
Local Governance in Afghanistan: The Unwalked Path
November 22, 2018
Local Governance in Afghanistan: The Unwalked Path
Statebuilding in Afghanistan has always been about building a strong center. It has failed.
Local Governance in Afghanistan: The Unwalked Path
Zalmay Khalilzad's Mission Impossible With the Taliban
October 17, 2018
Zalmay Khalilzad's Mission Impossible With the Taliban
Zalmay Khalilzad has a tall task ahead of him in talking to the Taliban.
Zalmay Khalilzad's Mission Impossible With the Taliban
Afghan Chief Executive: US-Afghanistan Bilateral Security Agreement Here to Stay
September 27, 2018
Afghan Chief Executive: US-Afghanistan Bilateral Security Agreement Here to Stay
Despite recent rumblings, the U.S.-Afghanistan Bilateral Security Agreement isn't going anywhere.
Afghan Chief Executive: US-Afghanistan Bilateral Security Agreement Here to Stay
How Afghanistan's Next Elections Can Succeed
June 07, 2018
How Afghanistan's Next Elections Can Succeed
Afghanistan's next elections can set up the bedrock for sustainable democratic institutions in the country.
How Afghanistan's Next Elections Can Succeed
India's Growing Afghanistan Challenge
May 10, 2018
India's Growing Afghanistan Challenge
As the security situation in Afghanistan deteriorates, what are the stakes for New Delhi?
India's Growing Afghanistan Challenge
Trump's South Asia Strategy and Afghanistan's Political Stalemate: A Way Forward
February 27, 2018
Trump's South Asia Strategy and Afghanistan's Political Stalemate: A Way Forward
Ashraf Ghani's authoritarian tendencies have failed the Afghan people.
Trump's South Asia Strategy and Afghanistan's Political Stalemate: A Way Forward
What Peace in Colombia Teaches Us About War in Afghanistan
December 23, 2017
What Peace in Colombia Teaches Us About War in Afghanistan
A successful reconciliation process after three decades of excruciating false starts offers some not-so-encouraging lessons for Afghanistan.
What Peace in Colombia Teaches Us About War in Afghanistan
A House Divided: How Afghanistan's National Unity Government Is Crumbling
October 30, 2017
A House Divided: How Afghanistan's National Unity Government Is Crumbling
Identity politics in Kabul undermines U.S. objectives in Afghanistan.
A House Divided: How Afghanistan's National Unity Government Is Crumbling
The Afghan Government Struggles to Survive
August 15, 2017
The Afghan Government Struggles to Survive
Beset by the resurgent Taliban and internal political rifts, the NUG is struggling to survive.
The Afghan Government Struggles to Survive
Kabul's Dostum Problem
July 13, 2017
Kabul's Dostum Problem
Whether Dostum is convicted or not, there will be anger and accusations that the rule of law has been cheated.
Kabul's Dostum Problem
How Afghanistan’s Public Procurement Reform Is Changing
July 08, 2017
How Afghanistan’s Public Procurement Reform Is Changing
What has changed, what has achieved and whose benefits are at stake?
How Afghanistan’s Public Procurement Reform Is Changing
What Is the Status of Afghanistan's Deal With Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan?
April 24, 2017
What Is the Status of Afghanistan's Deal With Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan?
The Afghan government must implement its agreement with Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan.
What Is the Status of Afghanistan's Deal With Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan?
Afghanistan's VP Accused of Torture and Sexual Abuse by Kidnapped Rival
December 15, 2016
Afghanistan's VP Accused of Torture and Sexual Abuse by Kidnapped Rival
Ishchi's allegations are serious and shocking; Kabul says it plans to investigate.
Afghanistan's VP Accused of Torture and Sexual Abuse by Kidnapped Rival
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