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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

The Taliban Takeover in Afghanistan: Who Is Really to Blame?
September 02, 2021

The Taliban Takeover in Afghanistan: Who Is Really to Blame?

By Rajeev Agarwal
The U.S. is far from blameless, but it is not solely responsible for the Taliban's rapid takeover.
Centralization Is at the Core of Afghanistan’s Problems 
August 24, 2021

Centralization Is at the Core of Afghanistan’s Problems 

By Mohammad Qadam Shah
Can the Taliban learn from history?

Afghanistan’s Failed Constitution
August 12, 2021

Afghanistan’s Failed Constitution

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
The 2004 constitution is responsible for many of the problems facing Afghanistan today – including the retrenchment of the Taliban.

Will Afghanistan Collapse When the US Withdraws?
June 01, 2021

Will Afghanistan Collapse When the US Withdraws?

By Jonathan Schroden
The fate of the Afghan government following the Soviet withdrawal is more complex than sometimes assumed. That has lessons for Kabul today.

The Legitimacy of the Afghan Government Post-Election and After the US-Taliban Deal
March 10, 2020

The Legitimacy of the Afghan Government Post-Election and After the US-Taliban Deal

By Najibullah Noorzai
How can the Afghan government revive its legitimacy ahead of the intra-Afghan peace talks?

Enduring Peace Requires Reforms to Afghan Governance
March 05, 2020

Enduring Peace Requires Reforms to Afghan Governance

By Ian J.Lynch
Afghanistan needs both a central government with a monopoly over the use of force and reforms which factor in the self-governance capabilities already found at the local level. 
A Decentralized Government Is Not the Answer to Afghanistan’s Problems
February 29, 2020

A Decentralized Government Is Not the Answer to Afghanistan’s Problems

By Ajmal Burhanzoi
In Afghanistan's case, devolving power to local institutions will only encourage further jihadism designed to wring concessions from the state.

What Kind of Government Do Afghans Want?
February 05, 2020

What Kind of Government Do Afghans Want?

By Yaqub Ibrahimi
A political settlement in Afghanistan will require an agreement on regime type: electoral democracy versus emirate. What do the people prefer?

Ending the War Won’t Solve Afghanistan’s Governance Problem
January 23, 2020

Ending the War Won’t Solve Afghanistan’s Governance Problem

By Gul Maqsood Sabit
Afghanistan has made progress, but without a well-functioning government at the helm all those gains risk being lost.

Can the Afghan State Survive the Peace Process?
March 19, 2019

Can the Afghan State Survive the Peace Process?

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
Concerns are growing that Afghanistan's government will not survive an eventual U.S. withdrawal.
The Illusion of Afghanistan's Upcoming Parliamentary Elections
October 17, 2018

The Illusion of Afghanistan's Upcoming Parliamentary Elections

By Nafay Choudhury
Fixing Afghanistan’s broken electoral system requires reforms that alter its fundamental operation.

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