August 03, 2021
Taliban Take Much of Provincial Capital in Southern Afghanistan
By Tameem Akhgar and Rahim Faiez
Nine out of 10 districts in Helmand’s provincial capital were under Taliban control as of August 3.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.