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US-Taliban Talks Under the Shadow of Deadly Violence
September 12, 2018
US-Taliban Talks Under the Shadow of Deadly Violence
More talking, more violence -- where is the war in Afghanistan going?
US-Taliban Talks Under the Shadow of Deadly Violence
Can Russia End the War in Afghanistan?
September 01, 2018
Can Russia End the War in Afghanistan?
Russia has been seeking to establish a leading role in the stabilization of Afghanistan.
Can Russia End the War in Afghanistan?
What Might Lie Ahead for Afghanistan?
August 21, 2018
What Might Lie Ahead for Afghanistan?
Looking beyond wishful thinking, here are four possible future scenarios for the course of the war in Afghanistan.
What Might Lie Ahead for Afghanistan?
To Win the Peace, Afghans Must Be in the Driver’s Seat
March 28, 2018
To Win the Peace, Afghans Must Be in the Driver’s Seat
The U.S. is right to refuse to talk directly with a divided Taliban, as an Afghan-led peace process is necessary.
To Win the Peace, Afghans Must Be in the Driver’s Seat
Talking to the Taliban: The Trump Edition
March 27, 2018
Talking to the Taliban: The Trump Edition
Why talk to the Taliban now?
Talking to the Taliban: The Trump Edition
Uzbekistan's Afghanistan Peace Conference: What to Expect
March 24, 2018
Uzbekistan's Afghanistan Peace Conference: What to Expect
Can Uzbekistan help Afghanistan reach peace?
Uzbekistan's Afghanistan Peace Conference: What to Expect
For Peace in Afghanistan, Listen to Afghans
June 28, 2017
For Peace in Afghanistan, Listen to Afghans
There can be no peace without an Afghan-led peace process that involves regional stakeholders.
For Peace in Afghanistan, Listen to Afghans
Can China Help Mediate Between Afghanistan and Pakistan?
June 13, 2017
Can China Help Mediate Between Afghanistan and Pakistan?
There's ample room for cynicism, but Beijing may just be able to pull Pakistan back to the table.
Can China Help Mediate Between Afghanistan and Pakistan?
Taliban Set-Backs Open Door to Peace Negotiations
November 01, 2016
Taliban Set-Backs Open Door to Peace Negotiations
A former senior aide to Mullah Omar has called on the Taliban to negotiate with the Afghan government.
Taliban Set-Backs Open Door to Peace Negotiations
Ghani’s Deal With the Devil: Hekmatyar and Transitional Justice
September 22, 2016
Ghani’s Deal With the Devil: Hekmatyar and Transitional Justice
A long delayed, elusive agreement between the government of Afghanistan and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has been inked.
Ghani’s Deal With the Devil: Hekmatyar and Transitional Justice
Afghanistan’s Pakistan Problem
July 19, 2016
Afghanistan’s Pakistan Problem
The number of US troops in Afghanistan won't make a difference unless the root of the terrorist problem is addressed.
Afghanistan’s Pakistan Problem
Afghan Peace Negotiations With Hekmatyar Break Down
June 29, 2016
Afghan Peace Negotiations With Hekmatyar Break Down
Hizb-i-Islami's pre-conditions are back: peace negotiations reportedly suspended over demands that foreign troops depart.
Afghan Peace Negotiations With Hekmatyar Break Down
Taliban Head Mullah Mansour Likely Killed in US Drone Strike
May 22, 2016
Taliban Head Mullah Mansour Likely Killed in US Drone Strike
Mullah Mansour, who became the Taliban's leader last year, has likely been killed in a drone strike.
Taliban Head Mullah Mansour Likely Killed in US Drone Strike
Where Does Afghanistan Fit in China’s Belt and Road?
May 03, 2016
Where Does Afghanistan Fit in China’s Belt and Road?
Afghanistan can be a hub for the OBOR project, but Kabul needs to capitalize on the potential benefits.
Where Does Afghanistan Fit in China’s Belt and Road?
Gulbuddin Hekmatyar Drops Major Precondition to Peace Talks in Afghanistan
April 07, 2016
Gulbuddin Hekmatyar Drops Major Precondition to Peace Talks in Afghanistan
The infamous warlord has reportedly revised his demand of full foreign withdrawal before coming to the table.
Gulbuddin Hekmatyar Drops Major Precondition to Peace Talks in Afghanistan
From Russia with Bullets: Moscow Gifts Kabul 10,000 AK-47s
February 24, 2016
From Russia with Bullets: Moscow Gifts Kabul 10,000 AK-47s
Russia gives Afghanistan 10,000 assault rifles, but abstains from joining American efforts at peace talks.
From Russia with Bullets: Moscow Gifts Kabul 10,000 AK-47s
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