The Nepali Guards Caught in the Chaotic US Evacuation of Afghanistan
By Jenna Mae Biedscheid
A sizable contingent of Nepali contractors provided security for U.S. personnel in Kabul. For them, the withdrawal meant a dangerous evacuation – and sudden unemployment.
2 Years of Structural Violence and Humanitarian Crisis Under the Taliban
By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
Since the fall of Kabul in August 2021, the Taliban have entrenched themselves in power and common Afghans have been driven into abject destitution.
Biden Review of Chaotic Afghan Withdrawal Blames Trump
By Zeke Miller and Nomaan Merchant
The brief document was drafted by the National Security Council, rather than by an independent entity, with input from Biden himself.
An Afghan Woman’s Drowning Symbolizes the Betrayal of a Nation
By Philip Smucker
Journalist Torpekai Amarkhel was among dozens of asylum seekers who died when their boat capsized near Italy. Her story encapsulates how the world has failed the Afghan people.
SIGAR Report: Ghani Probably Didn’t Flee With Millions
By Catherine Putz
One of the more damning reports as the Afghan government collapsed was that President Ghani fled with a helicopter stuffed with cash. That was unlikely.
Does the World Need to Recognize the Taliban?
By Maryam Jami
Can the international community continue to recognize Afghanistan without recognizing the Taliban?
The Indians Still Stranded in Afghanistan
By Ritu Mahendru
At least 100 Indians are waiting to be evacuated from Afghanistan, with New Delhi offering little help or information.
Why Are Some Pakistanis Celebrating the Taliban Takeover?
By Khurram Abbas and Zahid Shahab Ahmed
Three different segments of Pakistan's socio-political fabric are happy to see the Taliban retake power in Afghanistan – each for a different reason.
What AUKUS and Afghanistan Tell Us About the US Asia Strategy
By Arash Reisinezhad
Put together, these two seemingly unrelated developments signal a new U.S. strategy in the competition with China.
Backing the Wrong Horses: American Blowback From Vietnam to Afghanistan
By Rizal Ramli
Washington has repeatedly intervened in other nations, with ostensibly good intentions. Yet it has achieved none of its purported foreign policy goals.
Afghanistan: Lessons From Cambodia
By Youk Chhang
There have been many references to the U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam as an important historical analogy for today’s Afghanistan. A better analogy is Cambodia.
The Taliban Takeover in Afghanistan: Who Is Really to Blame?
By Rajeev Agarwal
The U.S. is far from blameless, but it is not solely responsible for the Taliban's rapid takeover.