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Under Taliban Rule: Calm Chaos Prevails in Kabul 
September 18, 2021

Under Taliban Rule: Calm Chaos Prevails in Kabul 

By Agnieszka Pikulicka-Wilczewska
A month after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, the capital is calm but everything is uncertain. A nation lives in fear. 

Pakistan’s Shameful Glee at the Taliban’s Rise
September 17, 2021

Pakistan’s Shameful Glee at the Taliban’s Rise

By Mohsin Dawar
An elected representative of North Waziristan urges the Pakistani government to confront the reality of what the Taliban’s rise to power in Afghanistan will mean for Pakistan. 
With Foreign Funds Frozen, Afghan Aid Groups Stuck in Limbo
September 16, 2021

With Foreign Funds Frozen, Afghan Aid Groups Stuck in Limbo

By Isabel Debre
Without access to its own or foreign funds, the interim government in Kabul can't even pay the import taxes needed to bring containers of badly needed food from a port in Pakistan.

China, Afghanistan, and the Belt and Road Initiative: Diplomacy and Reality 
September 15, 2021

China, Afghanistan, and the Belt and Road Initiative: Diplomacy and Reality 

By Magnus Marsden
China will face a number of difficulties in implementing the BRI in Afghanistan.

More than $1.2 Billion in Humanitarian Aid Pledged to Afghanistan
September 14, 2021

More than $1.2 Billion in Humanitarian Aid Pledged to Afghanistan

By Catherine Putz
The Taliban’s ascension to power in Kabul has given way to an economic crisis, which in tandem with droughts has fueled a food crisis, too.

Where Will the Afghan Refugees Go? Non-Humanitarian Openings for the Unfolding Crisis
September 14, 2021

Where Will the Afghan Refugees Go? Non-Humanitarian Openings for the Unfolding Crisis

By Anshu N. Chatterjee
Time and again international powers involved in Afghanistan have aided refugees for political and strategic reasons that extend far beyond humanitarian concerns. 

Donors Voice Concerns Over Taliban Rule as UN Seeks Funds
September 13, 2021

Donors Voice Concerns Over Taliban Rule as UN Seeks Funds

By Jamey Keaten
Can donors help everyday Afghans without handing a public relations victory or cash to the Taliban?
Tajikistan and Uzbekistan Take Different Approaches to Afghanistan
September 13, 2021

Tajikistan and Uzbekistan Take Different Approaches to Afghanistan

By Umida Hashimova
In dealing with the situation in Afghanistan, Dushanbe and Tashkent have taken different approaches toward dealing with a Taliban-ruled country.

What’s Next for Afghan Pilots Who Escaped to Central Asia?
September 13, 2021

What’s Next for Afghan Pilots Who Escaped to Central Asia?

By Catherine Putz
With Uzbekistan under pressure, those who landed in Termez are being moved to the UAE. Those in Tajikistan are waiting. 

UN Mission to Afghanistan Relocates to Kazakhstan
September 11, 2021

UN Mission to Afghanistan Relocates to Kazakhstan

By Wilder Alejandro Sanchez
As the world adapts to a “new” Afghanistan, there is much work to be done to help Afghans in need. From its temporary base in Almaty, UNAMA will continue to work toward this goal.

Lithium and an Unexpected Battle for Energy Transition in Afghanistan
September 10, 2021

Lithium and an Unexpected Battle for Energy Transition in Afghanistan

By Aliaksei Patonia
Most researchers agree that lithium demand will only increase. Afghanistan’s estimated reserves put it among global leaders -- if the metal can be extracted.
Indonesia, Australia Urge Taliban to Respect Rights of Women
September 09, 2021

Indonesia, Australia Urge Taliban to Respect Rights of Women

By Niniek Karmini
"Indonesia has a significant role to play as a Muslim country with a strong voice on these issues," Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said.

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