February 22, 2020
Political Reform Urgently Needed in Afghanistan
By Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili and Mohammad Qadam Shah
Without reform of its centralized political system, Afghanistan will remain mired in factionalism and civil conflict.
January 28, 2020
Afghanistan’s Turbulent Decade
By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
From 2010 to 2020, the Taliban insurgency picked up steam while Afghanistan’s institutional dysfunction deepened.
January 04, 2019
On the Verge of Peace, Afghanistan Needs a Carefully Managed Strategy
By Gul Maqsood Sabit
A strategy for Afghanistan must put events in proper order and move forward with caution.
March 28, 2018
To Win the Peace, Afghans Must Be in the Driver’s Seat
By M. Ashraf Haidari
The U.S. is right to refuse to talk directly with a divided Taliban, as an Afghan-led peace process is necessary.
March 12, 2018
Fruitless or a Breakthrough? Making Sense of Ashraf Ghani's Peace Offer to the Taliban
By Yaqoob-ul Hassan
Is the Afghan president's bold gambit doomed to failure?
February 27, 2018
Trump's South Asia Strategy and Afghanistan's Political Stalemate: A Way Forward
By Ata Mohammad Noor
Ashraf Ghani's authoritarian tendencies have failed the Afghan people.
February 02, 2018
Beyond Pakistan, Afghanistan’s Most Serious Problem Is Governance
By Ahmad Mohibbi
It is time to seriously assess the performance of the Afghan National Unity Government.
July 26, 2017
Troop Levels Aren't Afghanistan's Problem. An Increasingly Illegitimate Government Is.
By Noah Coburn
Ordinary Afghans are growing ever more pessimistic about the National Unity Government.
May 30, 2017
Hezb-i-Islami and Its New Constitutional Vision
By Shamshad Pasarlay
Implications for the long-delayed constitutional reform in Afghanistan.
April 09, 2017
Fighting Kleptocrats in Afghanistan: The Case for Unexplained Wealth Orders
By Sayed Mushtaq Sadat
Unexplained wealth orders can be a positive start in the fight against corruption.
November 15, 2016
Afghan Parliament Goes on a Firing Spree
By Catherine Putz
A government with legitimacy crisis, a parliament with a grudge, and headless ministries are a recipe for disaster.
October 13, 2016
Will the Olive Branch With Gulbuddin Hekmatyar Bring Peace in Afghanistan?
By Najibullah Noorzai & Hashim Wahdatyar
The peace deal with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is an achievement to Ghani's credit, but will it change the Taliban's thinking?