December 01, 2018
Here Come Afghanistan’s Youth
By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
Afghanistan’s election was a battle between traditional strongmen and young optimists.
July 24, 2018
Afghanistan: A Game of Thrones
By Ahmad Mohibi
Vice President Dostum’s return to Afghanistan underlines the complexity of the battle for political influence.
July 19, 2018
Ghani Goes After Afghanistan’s Warlords
By Mushtaq Rahim
In order to succeed, Ghani’s crackdown on warlords must proceed transparently and cut a wide path across Afghanistan.
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.
August 15, 2017
When Will Afghan Civilians Get Justice?
By Neha Dwivedi
Further delay in delivering justice for civilians killed in U.S. airstrikes plays into the hands of the Taliban.
July 26, 2017
Troop Levels Aren't Afghanistan's Problem. An Increasingly Illegitimate Government Is.
By Noah Coburn
Ordinary Afghans are growing ever more pessimistic about the National Unity Government.
July 20, 2017
Afghanistan: Choosing Peace Over Justice
By Neha Dwivedi
In sidelining justice for peace, Afghanistan has wound up enjoying neither.
January 04, 2017
Afghanistan's Militias: The Enemy Within?
By Laura Cesaretti
Local militias may be allied with the state now, but historically they have posed dangers to the central government.
December 30, 2016
How the Islamic State Could Be Reborn in Afghanistan
By Daud Khattak
Although the ISKP is at a disadvantage, several factors could help it rise again in 2017.
July 21, 2016
Will Afghanistan’s Lone Fighter Succeed?
By Ali Reza Sarwar
Can Afghan President Ashraf Ghani succeed in his ambitious vision for remaking the country?
May 07, 2015
Afghanistan: Where Warlords Fear to Tread
By Patrick Knapp
Afghanistan’s complexity refuses to fade as quickly as its strategic importance.
April 08, 2015
Shades of Gray in Afghanistan
By James L. Creighton
A former U.S. brigade commander recounts his experience dealing with a recently assassinated Afghan warlord.