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Afghanistan’s Mineral Resources Are a Lost Opportunity and a Threat
February 01, 2020

Afghanistan’s Mineral Resources Are a Lost Opportunity and a Threat

By Ahmad Shah Katawazai
Without a coherent strategy, Afghanistan's vast mineral resources represent both a lost opportunity and a threat to national security.

Afghan Mineral Wealth: A Double-Edged Sword
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.
Afghanistan’s Minerals: A Looted Economic Hope for Stability
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.

Why the Americans Shouldn't Dig for Coal in Afghanistan
February 28, 2018

Why the Americans Shouldn't Dig for Coal in Afghanistan

By Catherine Putz
There's coal in them thar Afghan hills.

Will Afghanistan's Minerals Shape Trump's Policy Toward the Region?
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.

The Story Behind China's Long-Stalled Mine in Afghanistan
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.

Taliban Loot Afghanistan's Mineral Riches
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."
Islamic State Eying Afghanistan’s Natural Resources
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.

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