November 16, 2018
Afghan Mineral Wealth: A Double-Edged Sword
By Wahidullah Azizi
Much of Afghanistan's hope hangs on its natural resources, but only if they can be exploited in a way that benefits Afghans.
October 05, 2018
Afghanistan’s Minerals: A Looted Economic Hope for Stability
By Gul Maqsood Sabit
Instead of being looted, Afghanistan’s resources should be strategically exploited for the country's benefit.
February 28, 2018
Why the Americans Shouldn't Dig for Coal in Afghanistan
By Catherine Putz
There's coal in them thar Afghan hills.
July 27, 2017
Will Afghanistan's Minerals Shape Trump's Policy Toward the Region?
By Ahmad Shah Katawazai
Afghanistan's mineral wealth could help kickstart the economy, but beware of the resource curse.
January 07, 2017
The Story Behind China's Long-Stalled Mine in Afghanistan
By Mohsin Amin
Nine years after Chinese companies took control of Mes Aynak, copper extraction has yet to start.
August 06, 2016
Taliban Loot Afghanistan's Mineral Riches
By Yigal Chazan
Illegal mining fuels the Taliban insurgency, threatening to turn the country’s vast mineral wealth into a "resource curse."
June 28, 2015
Islamic State Eying Afghanistan’s Natural Resources
By Brian M. Perkins
An expansion of the group’s operations in Afghanistan could threaten the fledgling mining industry.