August 16, 2021
Kabul Is Not Quite Saigon, and It Was All Too Easy
By Luke Hunt
Where was the Afghan military and the warlords?
May 07, 2021
Afghanistan’s Wildcard Warlords
By Waleed Mir
Warlords are a volatile group and with uncertainty looming in Afghanistan, these strongmen may look to protect their own interests first.
March 24, 2021
Tensions Mount Between Afghan Government, Powerful Warlord
By Rahim Faiez
The government has launched an assault in central Maidan Wardak province, vowing to punish the warlord, Abdul Ghani Alipoor, after the defense minister accused his fighters of shooting down a military helicopter.
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.
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.