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Negotiating With the Taliban After Their Victory
October 15, 2021

Negotiating With the Taliban After Their Victory

By Obaidullah Baheer
The Taliban are an unfortunate reality and arriving at a stable post-conflict society is not going to be a simple task.

Can the Taliban Regime Stay Power? 
October 09, 2021

Can the Taliban Regime Stay Power? 

By Sayeed Iftekhar Ahmed
The dismal fate of the Afghan people is that groups even more extreme than the Taliban are emerging to vie for power.
After the Fall of Kabul, the US Needs to Reject China’s Narrative on Terrorism
October 06, 2021

After the Fall of Kabul, the US Needs to Reject China’s Narrative on Terrorism

By Omer Kanat
Hyping an unsubstantiated “extremism” threat is a key, and classic, tactic in the Chinese government’s propaganda war.

Why Are Some Pakistanis Celebrating the Taliban Takeover?
September 30, 2021

Why Are Some Pakistanis Celebrating the Taliban Takeover?

By Khurram Abbas and Zahid Shahab Ahmed
Three different segments of Pakistan's socio-political fabric are happy to see the Taliban retake power in Afghanistan – each for a different reason.

Sports Amid Chaos in Afghanistan
September 29, 2021

Sports Amid Chaos in Afghanistan

By Sajad Jatoi
During its first period of rule the Taliban banned sports, even cricket. Will they view sports differently this time around?

Ahmad Shah Massoud: An Afghan Napoleon
September 29, 2021

Ahmad Shah Massoud: An Afghan Napoleon

By Catherine Putz
Renowned British journalist Sandy Gall’s biography of Massoud comes at a critical time for Afghanistan. 

The Taliban’s False Amnesty 
September 24, 2021

The Taliban’s False Amnesty 

By Mehdi J. Hakimi
When they first captured Kabul back in 1996, the Taliban promised amnesty. It wasn’t a genuine offer then, and it isn’t now either. 
Top Pakistan Diplomat Details Taliban Plan
September 23, 2021

Top Pakistan Diplomat Details Taliban Plan

By Edith M. Lederer
"Yes, there are no women yet," Pakistani Foreign Minister Qureshi said of the Taliban government. "But let us let the situation evolve."

Under Taliban Rule: Calm Chaos Prevails in Kabul 
September 18, 2021

Under Taliban Rule: Calm Chaos Prevails in Kabul 

By Agnieszka Pikulicka-Wilczewska
A month after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, the capital is calm but everything is uncertain. A nation lives in fear. 

Pakistan’s Shameful Glee at the Taliban’s Rise
September 17, 2021

Pakistan’s Shameful Glee at the Taliban’s Rise

By Mohsin Dawar
An elected representative of North Waziristan urges the Pakistani government to confront the reality of what the Taliban’s rise to power in Afghanistan will mean for Pakistan. 

The US Can’t Blame Pakistan for Its Failure in Afghanistan
September 14, 2021

The US Can’t Blame Pakistan for Its Failure in Afghanistan

By Khawaja Akbar
Pakistan was a factor but by no means the most significant one in the Taliban’s rapid takeover.
What Role Will the Taliban’s ‘Supreme Leader’ Play in the New Government?
September 10, 2021

What Role Will the Taliban’s ‘Supreme Leader’ Play in the New Government?

By Sudha Ramachandran
Akhundzada’s word will be final on all matters – political, religious, and military

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