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Russia's Falling Out With Kabul
June 06, 2019
Russia's Falling Out With Kabul
Russia's embrace of the Taliban is increasingly coming at the expense of Afghan President Ghani's government.
Russia's Falling Out With Kabul
How Afghanistan’s Judiciary Lost Its Independence
June 05, 2019
How Afghanistan’s Judiciary Lost Its Independence
For reasons both structural and political, the Afghan Supreme Court has turned into a de facto ally of the president.
How Afghanistan’s Judiciary Lost Its Independence
What Happened to the Afghan-Led, Afghan-Owned Peace Talks?
May 30, 2019
What Happened to the Afghan-Led, Afghan-Owned Peace Talks?
Talks continue without Kabul; meanwhile, the Afghan government struggles with questions of legitimacy at the top.
What Happened to the Afghan-Led, Afghan-Owned Peace Talks?
Afghan President Convenes Grand Council, Hoping for Consensus on Taliban Talks
April 30, 2019
Afghan President Convenes Grand Council, Hoping for Consensus on Taliban Talks
The Loya Jirga is supposed to forge unity in a divided Afghanistan, but it may just underline existing fissures.
Afghan President Convenes Grand Council, Hoping for Consensus on Taliban Talks
The Afghan Endgame: What, When, and How
April 15, 2019
The Afghan Endgame: What, When, and How
As Doha gears up for another round of Taliban talks, hope and despair are both in the air.
The Afghan Endgame: What, When, and How
The Afghan National Unity Government’s ‘China Card’ Approach to Pakistan: Part 2
April 12, 2019
The Afghan National Unity Government’s ‘China Card’ Approach to Pakistan: Part 2
The NUG has seen more success than its predecessors in appealing to China – largely thanks to the Belt and Road.
The Afghan National Unity Government’s ‘China Card’ Approach to Pakistan: Part 2
In Afghanistan, Talking and Killing Continue in Tandem
April 10, 2019
In Afghanistan, Talking and Killing Continue in Tandem
The next Doha meeting, which the Afghan government plans to attend, has been pushed back. Meanwhile, attacks continue.
In Afghanistan, Talking and Killing Continue in Tandem
Uzbekistan Offers Samarkand as a Venue for Afghan Peace Talks
April 02, 2019
Uzbekistan Offers Samarkand as a Venue for Afghan Peace Talks
The U.S.-led efforts to broker peace get top billing, but Uzbek efforts are worth watching closely.
Uzbekistan Offers Samarkand as a Venue for Afghan Peace Talks
Can the Afghan State Survive the Peace Process?
March 19, 2019
Can the Afghan State Survive the Peace Process?
Concerns are growing that Afghanistan's government will not survive an eventual U.S. withdrawal.
Can the Afghan State Survive the Peace Process?
What Did the Latest US-Taliban Talks Accomplish?
March 13, 2019
What Did the Latest US-Taliban Talks Accomplish?
After marathon talks, many questions about Afghanistan’s future remain unanswered.
What Did the Latest US-Taliban Talks Accomplish?
Will This Man Be Afghanistan’s Next President?
February 22, 2019
Will This Man Be Afghanistan’s Next President?
Mohammad Haneef Atmar could shape the future of Afghanistan and US engagement in the country.
Will This Man Be Afghanistan’s Next President?
Peace, Politics, & Afghanistan's Next President
February 05, 2019
Peace, Politics, & Afghanistan's Next President
Afghanistan's presidential race heats up amid peace talks with Taliban insurgents.
Peace, Politics, & Afghanistan's Next President
Taliban to Take Part in ‘Intra-Afghan’ Talks in Moscow
February 05, 2019
Taliban to Take Part in ‘Intra-Afghan’ Talks in Moscow
The Taliban will be talking with opposition politicians and tribal elders – but not representatives of the government in Kabul.
Taliban to Take Part in ‘Intra-Afghan’ Talks in Moscow
Afghanistan's Presidential Race in Full Swing
January 26, 2019
Afghanistan's Presidential Race in Full Swing
What's at stake as Afghanistan moves toward its next presidential election?
Afghanistan's Presidential Race in Full Swing
The Beginning of the US Endgame in Afghanistan
January 08, 2019
The Beginning of the US Endgame in Afghanistan
Expect to see the U.S. establish further political alternatives intended to counterbalance China’s influence in Central Asia.
The Beginning of the US Endgame in Afghanistan
On the Verge of Peace, Afghanistan Needs a Carefully Managed Strategy
January 04, 2019
On the Verge of Peace, Afghanistan Needs a Carefully Managed Strategy
A strategy for Afghanistan must put events in proper order and move forward with caution.
On the Verge of Peace, Afghanistan Needs a Carefully Managed Strategy
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