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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
July 07, 2018
Afghanistan: Technocrats vs. Warlords
By Ahmad Shah Katawazai
At a critical moment for peace talks with the Taliban, warlords and strongmen pose a challenge to the central government.