July 04, 2022
Afghan Clerics’ Assembly Urges Recognition of Taliban Government
By Rahim Faiez
The gathering of Taliban officials and supporters warned Afghans against "any kind of cooperation" with the ISKP, the Islamic State’s Afghan affiliate.
September 10, 2021
What Role Will the Taliban’s ‘Supreme Leader’ Play in the New Government?
By Sudha Ramachandran
Akhundzada’s word will be final on all matters – political, religious, and military
September 08, 2021
Taliban Announce Acting Government Lineup
By Catherine Putz
The Taliban's “inclusive” government is made up of middle-aged male mullahs, mostly.
May 20, 2019
Trust, Naivety, and Negotiating With the Afghan Taliban
By Kambaiz Rafi
Not talking to the Taliban is counterproductive, but going too far is naïve.
July 26, 2018
US Seeks New Talks With Taliban in an Attempt to Explore Afghan Peace
By Ankit Panda
A senior U.S. State Department official visited Doha to seek out talks with the Taliban.
December 20, 2016
Does Islamic State Have a Future in the AfPak Region?
By Daud Khattak
The Islamic State's South Asia branch looks doomed to fail.
October 18, 2016
Spoilers and Peace in Afghanistan: Negotiating With the Taliban
By Shawn Snow
The biggest potential spoiler for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is Pakistan.
August 05, 2016
What to Make of China's Latest Meeting With the Taliban
By Wang Jin
China's role in Afghanistan is constructive, but not decisive.
June 04, 2016
Haibatullah Akhundzada and the Resurgence of the Taliban
By Hamzah Rifaat Hussain
Who is Haibatullah Akhundzada and what does he mean for the years-long insurgency in Afghanistan?
June 01, 2016
In Afghanistan, Time to Wage War for Peace
By Moh. Sayed Madadi
With the Taliban leadership in transition, now is the time for the Afghan government to go on the offensive.
May 31, 2016
Did Hope for Afghan Peace Die With Mullah Mansour?
By Daud Khattak
Mansour's death makes peace talks even less likely, while inflaming regional tensions.
May 26, 2016
Killing Mullah Mansour Might Have Been All About the Haqqani Network
By Umair Jamal
For the new leadership of the Afghan Taliban, the peace process won't even be a back-burner issue.