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The Trump Administration's Terrible Idea for Afghanistan's Security Forces
August 14, 2018
The Trump Administration's Terrible Idea for Afghanistan's Security Forces
The Trump administration wants Afghan security forces to withdraw from parts of the country. That is a very bad idea.
The Trump Administration's Terrible Idea for Afghanistan's Security Forces
Afghanistan: Technocrats vs. Warlords
July 07, 2018
Afghanistan: Technocrats vs. Warlords
At a critical moment for peace talks with the Taliban, warlords and strongmen pose a challenge to the central government.
Afghanistan: Technocrats vs. Warlords
Is China Bringing Peace to Afghanistan?
June 20, 2018
Is China Bringing Peace to Afghanistan?
China’s role in Afghanistan is undoubtedly growing. What does that mean for the peace process?
Is China Bringing Peace to Afghanistan?
How the US Is Indirectly Arming the Taliban
June 13, 2018
How the US Is Indirectly Arming the Taliban
Much of the Taliban’s armory comes from American equipment given to the Afghan military and police.
How the US Is Indirectly Arming the Taliban
The Taliban Made War. Are They Showing They Can Make Peace?
June 12, 2018
The Taliban Made War. Are They Showing They Can Make Peace?
The Taliban's announced ceasefire represents a tentative move toward peace. Will it hold?
The Taliban Made War. Are They Showing They Can Make Peace?
The Future of Special Economic Zones in Afghanistan
June 06, 2018
The Future of Special Economic Zones in Afghanistan
How does the Trump administration’s new South Asia Strategy change the plan for establishing SEZs in Afghanistan?
The Future of Special Economic Zones in Afghanistan
The Afghan Peace Process: An FAQ
May 14, 2018
The Afghan Peace Process: An FAQ
M. Ashraf Haidari explores the challenges and opportunities facing the peace process.
The Afghan Peace Process: An FAQ
A Battle of Several Fronts: Afghan Women in the Security Forces
April 30, 2018
A Battle of Several Fronts: Afghan Women in the Security Forces
Afghanistan can do more to bring women into the security forces, and the country will benefit greatly from doing so.
A Battle of Several Fronts: Afghan Women in the Security Forces
Kabul’s Overture, the Taliban’s Dilemma, and the Way Out  
April 17, 2018
Kabul’s Overture, the Taliban’s Dilemma, and the Way Out  
It’s not surprising that the Taliban have not responded to Ghani’s peace offer.
Kabul’s Overture, the Taliban’s Dilemma, and the Way Out  
Inside the Minds of Afghanistan’s Commandos
April 01, 2018
Inside the Minds of Afghanistan’s Commandos
It’s said Afghanistan’s special forces have never lost a battle, but what do they think of the war?
Inside the Minds of Afghanistan’s Commandos
The History of Chinese Mediation Between Afghanistan and Pakistan
January 05, 2018
The History of Chinese Mediation Between Afghanistan and Pakistan
Kabul and Islamabad have long requested China help them settle their differences.
The History of Chinese Mediation Between Afghanistan and Pakistan
What Living in Kabul Is Really Like
January 02, 2018
What Living in Kabul Is Really Like
Afghanistan's capital is not even half as dangerous as everyone thinks.
What Living in Kabul Is Really Like
Russia's Security Inroads With Turkmenistan
November 24, 2017
Russia's Security Inroads With Turkmenistan
Beyond economic relations, Moscow and Ashgabat are increasingly seeking security cooperation.
Russia's Security Inroads With Turkmenistan
Afghan-led RECCA and Heart of Asia Processes Can Bolster Regional Stability and Prosperity  
November 14, 2017
Afghan-led RECCA and Heart of Asia Processes Can Bolster Regional Stability and Prosperity  
These two processes, though underutilized, remain the best hope for bringing stability to the region.
Afghan-led RECCA and Heart of Asia Processes Can Bolster Regional Stability and Prosperity  
Central Asia’s Road to Prosperity Runs Through a Peaceful Afghanistan
November 09, 2017
Central Asia’s Road to Prosperity Runs Through a Peaceful Afghanistan
Afghanistan will loom large at the upcoming “Security and Sustainability” conference in Uzbekistan.
Central Asia’s Road to Prosperity Runs Through a Peaceful Afghanistan
Afghanistan Stares Down the Barrel of the Long Defeat
November 04, 2017
Afghanistan Stares Down the Barrel of the Long Defeat
SIGAR paints a worrying picture of the security situation in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan Stares Down the Barrel of the Long Defeat
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