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A Reality Check on Afghanistan’s Isolation Under the Taliban

A Reality Check on Afghanistan’s Isolation Under the Taliban

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
Beneath the U.N. secretary general’s claims of consensus in Doha, a clear division is visible among countries regarding whether and how to do business with the Taliban.

Impasse at Torkham: Pakistan’s Border Closure a Pressure Tactic on the Taliban

Impasse at Torkham: Pakistan’s Border Closure a Pressure Tactic on the Taliban

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
Pakistan is leveraging the border as a tool of pressure to secure its political interests vis-a-vis Afghanistan.
It’s Time to Confront the Taliban’s Corruption

It’s Time to Confront the Taliban’s Corruption

By David J. Kramer, Natalie Gonnella-Platts, and Jessica Ludwig
Fundamental to the Taliban’s vicious pursuit of power is the strategic use of corruption and kleptocracy. 

The Plight of Deported Afghans 

The Plight of Deported Afghans 

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
An unending refugee and humanitarian crisis the world seems to have forgotten.

Alarm Over Hijab Enforcement Exposes Afghanistan’s Dire Need for Direct Engagement

Alarm Over Hijab Enforcement Exposes Afghanistan’s Dire Need for Direct Engagement

By Freshta Jalalzai
Resolving the complex issues that Afghans face demands more than just external envoy efforts. It necessitates direct engagement with the people of Afghanistan. 

Tajikistan and the Taliban: A Lone Voice in Central Asia

Tajikistan and the Taliban: A Lone Voice in Central Asia

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
Tajikistan is the strongest critic of the Taliban in Central Asia and continues to host dialogues featuring a diversity of Afghan voices.

Managing Dissent Within: The Taliban Way

Managing Dissent Within: The Taliban Way

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
The hardliners within the Taliban have consolidated their position, and the specter of the group’s implosion seems improbable in the near term. 
Russia Hosts Taliban for Talks on Regional Threats and Says It Will Keep Funding Afghanistan

Russia Hosts Taliban for Talks on Regional Threats and Says It Will Keep Funding Afghanistan

By Associated Press
The talks in the Russian city of Kazan came as Moscow is trying to maintain its influence in Central Asia even as it wages war on Ukraine.

In Afghanistan, the Situation for Children is Grim – and Getting Grimmer

In Afghanistan, the Situation for Children is Grim – and Getting Grimmer

By Ahmad
Two years after the Taliban’s reconquest, rates of poverty and malnutrition have skyrocketed among the country’s young.

Analyzing the State of Afghan Journalism

Analyzing the State of Afghan Journalism

By Hasmat Vejdani and Amit Kumar
The Federation of Afghan Journalists in Exile reports that the return of the Taliban has led to a substantial reduction in activity among Afghanistan’s once-vibrant media.

How the US-Taliban Deal Failed Afghanistan

How the US-Taliban Deal Failed Afghanistan

By Natiq Malikzada and Trevor Filseth
None of Washington’s errors in Afghanistan was greater in scope than the peace agreement signed with the Taliban in February 2020.
The Taliban Are Diverting Aid, But How Much?

The Taliban Are Diverting Aid, But How Much?

By Catherine Putz
Ultimately, the Taliban exploit the good intentions of the U.N. and other donors whose main interest is seeing at least some aid get to the Afghan people, even if the Taliban get to claim credit. 

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