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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.

Ancient Treasure and a Modern Budget Battle in Afghanistan
January 29, 2021

Ancient Treasure and a Modern Budget Battle in Afghanistan

By Catherine Putz
As the Afghan government and parliament battle over a budget, some aired concerns that Afghanistan’s greatest treasure trove would be looted. 
Why the First Anglo-Afghan War Still Matters
October 01, 2020

Why the First Anglo-Afghan War Still Matters

By Arwin Rahi
In the West, the war is largely remembered from the British point of view – but Afghans have not forgotten their experience.

Remembering President Daoud’s Coup: Lessons for Afghanistan’s Future
July 18, 2020

Remembering President Daoud’s Coup: Lessons for Afghanistan’s Future

By Arwin Rahi
The domestic and diplomatic blunders of Mohammad Daoud continue to loom large in Afghanistan, almost 50 years later.

Kabul: A Different View
November 30, 2015

Kabul: A Different View

By Tyrell Mayfield
At the core of Kabul’s identity is a rich cultural landscape centered around places of deep historical significance.

300 Years Ago, Afghanistan's 'George Washington' Died
October 28, 2015

300 Years Ago, Afghanistan's 'George Washington' Died

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
How an Afghan tribal leader took on two of the most powerful empires in the world and won independence for Afghanistan.

Was Double Government in Afghanistan a Folly?
June 18, 2015

Was Double Government in Afghanistan a Folly?

By Catherine Putz
During and after the First Anglo-Afghan War, the British embarked on a hybrid form of colonialism, it didn't work.
Afghanistan’s Government of National Unity: Risk and Opportunity
October 14, 2014

Afghanistan’s Government of National Unity: Risk and Opportunity

By Tamim Asey
When it comes to the prospects for Afghanistan’s power sharing arrangement, history is not encouraging.

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