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A Decentralized Government Is Not the Answer to Afghanistan’s Problems
February 29, 2020

A Decentralized Government Is Not the Answer to Afghanistan’s Problems

By Ajmal Burhanzoi
In Afghanistan's case, devolving power to local institutions will only encourage further jihadism designed to wring concessions from the state.

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?
Islamic State’s Lingering Legacy in Afghanistan 
February 05, 2020

Islamic State’s Lingering Legacy in Afghanistan 

By Giuliano Battiston
“The defeat of Daesh is definitive,” says a district governor. But the group’s impact is still being felt on the ground.

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.

Managing the AfPak Challenge in US-India Relations
August 09, 2019

Managing the AfPak Challenge in US-India Relations

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Both sides need to carefully manage this issue to avoid damaging the wider relationship.

US, Afghan Casualties Continue to Climb Even Amid Peace Talks
April 09, 2019

US, Afghan Casualties Continue to Climb Even Amid Peace Talks

By Rahim Faiez
Since Monday, 3 American soldiers and 20 Afghan troops have been killed in Taliban attacks.

Afghan Official: Suicide Blast Near Jalalabad Kills 17
March 07, 2019

Afghan Official: Suicide Blast Near Jalalabad Kills 17

By Rahim Faiez
U.S. forces assisted Afghan troops in quelling the attack on a construction company in Nangarhar province.
An Indian Perspective on Afghan Security
December 04, 2018

An Indian Perspective on Afghan Security

By Samuel Ramani
An interview with Brig. Gen. (retd) Venkataraman Mahalingam.

Peace, Blood, and Hope: Women in Afghanistan’s Election
October 19, 2018

Peace, Blood, and Hope: Women in Afghanistan’s Election

By Michelle Tolson
Amid a deady campaign season, women candidates are fighting for political participation.

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

By Ghulam Farooq Mujaddidi
The Trump administration wants Afghan security forces to withdraw from parts of the country. That is a very bad idea.

Afghanistan: Technocrats vs. Warlords
July 07, 2018

Afghanistan: Technocrats vs. Warlords

By Ahmad Shah Katawazai
At a critical moment for peace talks with the Taliban, warlords and strongmen pose a challenge to the central government.
Is China Bringing Peace to Afghanistan?
June 20, 2018

Is China Bringing Peace to Afghanistan?

By Sudha Ramachandran
China’s role in Afghanistan is undoubtedly growing. What does that mean for the peace process?

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