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An ‘Orchard of Bad Apples’ Weighs on New Afghan Peace Talks
January 06, 2021

An ‘Orchard of Bad Apples’ Weighs on New Afghan Peace Talks

By Associated Press
Escalating violence has all sides pointing the finger at each other as negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban resume.

Fire From the Sky: The Afghan Taliban’s Drones
December 22, 2020

Fire From the Sky: The Afghan Taliban’s Drones

By Franz J. Marty
Despite ongoing peace negotiations, the Taliban continue their attacks, recently incorporating weaponized commercially available drones into their arsenal.
Taliban Team in Pakistan as Calls Grow for Afghan Ceasefire
December 17, 2020

Taliban Team in Pakistan as Calls Grow for Afghan Ceasefire

By Associated Press
Violence remains high in Afghanistan as negotiators take a break. Talks are expected to resume in early January.

Procedure Set, Intra-Afghan Talks to Move on to Setting an Agenda
December 03, 2020

Procedure Set, Intra-Afghan Talks to Move on to Setting an Agenda

By Catherine Putz
After nearly three months, the Afghan government and the Taliban have reportedly agreed on a three-page document setting out the rules and procedures for talks.

Agree to Disagree? US, Taliban Trade Barbs Over Continuing Violence
October 20, 2020

Agree to Disagree? US, Taliban Trade Barbs Over Continuing Violence

By Catherine Putz
The Taliban and U.S. clearly have different understandings of the deal they signed in February.

What the Fate of Freed Taliban Prisoners Means for the Afghan Peace Process
October 20, 2020

What the Fate of Freed Taliban Prisoners Means for the Afghan Peace Process

By Franz J. Marty
Whether freed Taliban rejoin the fight – and what might motivate them to finally put down their arms – has ramifications for peace in Afghanistan.

Afghans Say Preventing the Next War as Vital as Ending This One
October 19, 2020

Afghans Say Preventing the Next War as Vital as Ending This One

By Associated Press
Even if an intra-Afghan deal is reached, many Afghans fear that the country's many factions will fight for power if U.S. and NATO troops leave.
Growing Sectarianism Can Challenge Lasting Peace in Afghanistan 
October 15, 2020

Growing Sectarianism Can Challenge Lasting Peace in Afghanistan 

By Said Sabir Ibrahimi
The Taliban’s insistence on the supremacy of Sunni Hanafism has alarmed Afghan Shias who have long been marginalized.

Violence Persists as Afghan Government and Taliban Seek Path to Peace
September 25, 2020

Violence Persists as Afghan Government and Taliban Seek Path to Peace

By Catherine Putz
As Afghan government and Taliban negotiators sort out the rules and procedures, let alone an agenda, for peace, violence persists in Afghanistan.

Witnesses: Afghan Government Airstrikes Kill 24 Civilians
September 22, 2020

Witnesses: Afghan Government Airstrikes Kill 24 Civilians

By Associated Press
The Afghan Defense Ministry, however, said the airstrikes killed 30 Taliban fighters.

Why Am I Worried About the Taliban’s Return? 
September 15, 2020

Why Am I Worried About the Taliban’s Return? 

By Ali Reza Sarwar
One Afghan explains why he’s concerned about the return of the Taliban to the official political arena in Afghanistan.
No Exit From India’s Afghanistan Dilemma?
September 14, 2020

No Exit From India’s Afghanistan Dilemma?

By Abhijnan Rej
As intra-Afghan talks start in Doha, India is left without a good hand to play vis-à-vis the Taliban.

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