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Challenges and Opportunities for Afghanistan in 2017
December 29, 2016

Challenges and Opportunities for Afghanistan in 2017

By Aziz Amin Ahmadzai
2016 was a difficult year for Afghanistan and 2017 presents unique challenges.

Afghan Forces Struggle to Hold the Line
October 07, 2016

Afghan Forces Struggle to Hold the Line

By Shawn Snow
Major Afghan cities are currently surrounded and under assault by the Taliban forces.
Is China Bringing its South China Sea Tactics to the East China Sea?
August 11, 2016

Is China Bringing its South China Sea Tactics to the East China Sea?

By Ankit Panda
Plus, PACOM's top man speaks, India and nuclear testing, Afghanistan's sturggle in Helmand, and more. Links.

5 Reasons Why Helmand Matters to the Taliban
May 31, 2016

5 Reasons Why Helmand Matters to the Taliban

By Najibullah Noorzai and Naqeebullah Miakhel
Will Kabul be able to thwart the Taliban from taking control of Helmand?

Afghanistan: The Calm Before the Storm
May 07, 2016

Afghanistan: The Calm Before the Storm

By Naqeebullah Miakhel and Najibullah Noorzai
By not attacking during the opium harvest, Kabul has missed a critical opportunity to strike a blow against the Taliban.

Ashraf Ghani's New Plan to Win Afghanistan's Long War Against the Taliban
April 28, 2016

Ashraf Ghani's New Plan to Win Afghanistan's Long War Against the Taliban

By Samimullah Arif
Afghanistan's president appears determined to move beyond peace talks.

Can the Afghan War Be Won in 2016?
January 14, 2016

Can the Afghan War Be Won in 2016?

By Ankit Panda
The Diplomat's Franz-Stefan Gady speaks with Ankit Panda about the Afghan National Army's war effort.
The Pakistan-Afghan Nexus: The Culture of Drugs Among Pakistan’s Youth
January 07, 2016

The Pakistan-Afghan Nexus: The Culture of Drugs Among Pakistan’s Youth

By Mahboob Mohsin
A growing culture of drug trafficking and use needs strong action.

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