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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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