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Afghan Forces Fail to Arrest Former Soccer Head on Run From Sexual Abuse Charges
August 25, 2020

Afghan Forces Fail to Arrest Former Soccer Head on Run From Sexual Abuse Charges

By Catherine Putz
Karim’s continued evasion exposes several uncomfortable truths for the Afghan authorities on the limits to power in a fractured country.

The Inauguration of 2 Presidents: Afghanistan’s Constitutional Crisis
March 11, 2020

The Inauguration of 2 Presidents: Afghanistan’s Constitutional Crisis

By Zalmai Nishat
To solve the election stalemate and salvage peace talks with the Taliban, Afghanistan needs to rethink its all-powerful executive branch.
Enduring Peace Requires Reforms to Afghan Governance
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. 

The Rocky Road From Doha to Intra-Afghan talks
February 28, 2020

The Rocky Road From Doha to Intra-Afghan talks

By Matthew Willner-Reid
6 potential pitfalls could upend talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban before they even begin.

Afghans Celebrate Reduction in Hostilities But Fear Civil War
February 26, 2020

Afghans Celebrate Reduction in Hostilities But Fear Civil War

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
The U.S. is ready to make peace with the Taliban. But can Afghanistan’s political factions come to terms with each other?

Political Reform Urgently Needed in Afghanistan
February 22, 2020

Political Reform Urgently Needed in Afghanistan

By Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili and Mohammad Qadam Shah
Without reform of its centralized political system, Afghanistan will remain mired in factionalism and civil conflict.

Afghanistan: Ghani-Abdullah Row May Thwart the Prospect of Peace
February 22, 2020

Afghanistan: Ghani-Abdullah Row May Thwart the Prospect of Peace

By Daud Khattak
Even as a U.S.-Taliban peace deal is announced, Kabul is in the grips of a political crisis.
Ghani’s Rivals Reject Election Result
February 20, 2020

Ghani’s Rivals Reject Election Result

By Catherine Putz
A winner has been declared in the Afghan election, but the losers are crying foul.

It’s Official: Afghanistan Election Commission Says President Ghani Wins 2nd Term
February 19, 2020

It’s Official: Afghanistan Election Commission Says President Ghani Wins 2nd Term

By Associated Press
Over four months after voting on the next president, Afghanistan finally has declared a winner.

Afghanistan’s Turbulent Decade
January 28, 2020

Afghanistan’s Turbulent Decade

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
From 2010 to 2020, the Taliban insurgency picked up steam while Afghanistan’s institutional dysfunction deepened.

Afghanistan’s Investigative Journalists
December 06, 2019

Afghanistan’s Investigative Journalists

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
Daily newspaper Etilaat Roz makes an impact in the chaotic Afghan democracy.
With Vote Over, Afghanistan Faces Possible Political Chaos
September 30, 2019

With Vote Over, Afghanistan Faces Possible Political Chaos

By Associated Press
For Afghans, Saturday's vote mirrored the deeply flawed 2014 presidential polls.

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