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Can the UN Push Afghanistan and the Taliban Back to the Negotiating Table?
June 23, 2021

Can the UN Push Afghanistan and the Taliban Back to the Negotiating Table?

By Catherine Putz
If the path to peace in Afghanistan is via negotiation, the Taliban don’t seem to be keen on taking that road.

Bilateral Bond Between Pakistan and Russia Deepening
June 23, 2021

Bilateral Bond Between Pakistan and Russia Deepening

By Niha Dagia
Both countries believe that a political settlement in Afghanistan is necessary for regional peace and stability.
Breakdancing in Kabul: A Coping Mechanism for Generations Growing up in War
June 18, 2021

Breakdancing in Kabul: A Coping Mechanism for Generations Growing up in War

By Robyn Huang
Kabul breakdancers use hip hop to cope with mental health struggles amid increasing violence and uncertainty surrounding the U.S. troop withdrawal.  

China’s Afghanistan Challenge and the Central Asian Dilemma 
June 16, 2021

China’s Afghanistan Challenge and the Central Asian Dilemma 

By Niva Yau and Raffaello Pantucci
None expect China to replace the United States in military terms, but Central Asia may hope Beijing plays a more substantial role in Afghanistan.

Attacks Target Polio Teams in East Afghanistan, 5 Killed
June 16, 2021

Attacks Target Polio Teams in East Afghanistan, 5 Killed

By Kathy Gannon and Tameem Akhgar
Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan are the only two remaining countries in the world where polio is endemic.

10 Killed in Attack on Demining Camp in Afghanistan
June 10, 2021

10 Killed in Attack on Demining Camp in Afghanistan

By Catherine Putz
“What took place last night was genuinely horrific: Ten men, murdered in their beds.”

US Pullout From Afghanistan Half Done, But Questions Remain
June 09, 2021

US Pullout From Afghanistan Half Done, But Questions Remain

By Lolita C. Baldor and Robert Burns
Officials acknowledge that the withdrawal so far has largely involved removing or otherwise disposing of mountains of equipment. 
China Urges Closer Afghanistan Ties as US Withdrawal Looms
June 04, 2021

China Urges Closer Afghanistan Ties as US Withdrawal Looms

By Associated Press
China has long resented the presence of U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan, but is equally wary of instability in the region.

Bombs in Afghan Capital Kabul Kill at Least 10, Wound 12
June 03, 2021

Bombs in Afghan Capital Kabul Kill at Least 10, Wound 12

By Tameem Akhgar and Kathy Gannon
Two of three blasts Monday occurred in a mostly Hazara area, following other recent attacks targeting the community.

A Month Into the US Withdrawal From Afghanistan
June 02, 2021

A Month Into the US Withdrawal From Afghanistan

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
As the U.S. embarks on its final withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Taliban moved to strike provincial centers and peace talks remain stalled.

School Bombing Latest Tragedy for Afghanistan’s Hazaras
May 27, 2021

School Bombing Latest Tragedy for Afghanistan’s Hazaras

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
Afghanistan’s Hazaras have long been persecuted and over the last 20 years targeted in attacks of increasingly cruelty.
Taliban Tells Afghanistan’s Neighbors Not to Host US Forces
May 26, 2021

Taliban Tells Afghanistan’s Neighbors Not to Host US Forces

By Catherine Putz
"If such a step is taken, then the responsibility for all the misfortunes and difficulties lies upon those who commit such mistakes.”

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