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War, Drugs, and Peace: Afghanistan and Myanmar
September 14, 2017
War, Drugs, and Peace: Afghanistan and Myanmar
The illegal drug trade is sabotaging peace in Afghanistan and Myanmar alike.
War, Drugs, and Peace: Afghanistan and Myanmar
What's Behind Saudi Arabia's Turn Away From the Taliban?
September 07, 2017
What's Behind Saudi Arabia's Turn Away From the Taliban?
Saudi Arabia’s increasingly anti-Taliban stance helps Riyadh consolidate its vital regional alliances and isolate Qatar.
What's Behind Saudi Arabia's Turn Away From the Taliban?
Is Trump No Longer Interested in 'Winning' in Afghanistan?
August 28, 2017
Is Trump No Longer Interested in 'Winning' in Afghanistan?
The United States is not working on a winning strategy in Afghanistan anymore.
Is Trump No Longer Interested in 'Winning' in Afghanistan?
Before Afghanistan, Trump Should Sort Out How 'South Asia' Is Seen in Washington
August 24, 2017
Before Afghanistan, Trump Should Sort Out How 'South Asia' Is Seen in Washington
Why Trump should address South Asia policy thinking in Washington first.
Before Afghanistan, Trump Should Sort Out How 'South Asia' Is Seen in Washington
Trump’s Afghanistan Plan: Old Wine in a New Bottle
August 23, 2017
Trump’s Afghanistan Plan: Old Wine in a New Bottle
The quagmire in Afghanistan continues under a new administration bent on bombing its way to victory.
Trump’s Afghanistan Plan: Old Wine in a New Bottle
No Exit From Afghanistan: Major Takeaways From Trump's Big Speech on America's Longest War
August 22, 2017
No Exit From Afghanistan: Major Takeaways From Trump's Big Speech on America's Longest War
Counterterrorism is in and nation-building is out, but the United States still has no way out of Afghanistan.
No Exit From Afghanistan: Major Takeaways From Trump's Big Speech on America's Longest War
Will US Sanctions on Hizbul Mujahideen Make Pakistan Reconsider Its ‘Good Taliban’?
August 18, 2017
Will US Sanctions on Hizbul Mujahideen Make Pakistan Reconsider Its ‘Good Taliban’?
The Pakistani Foreign Office condemned sanctions as being “detrimental to Kashmir’s freedom struggle.”
Will US Sanctions on Hizbul Mujahideen Make Pakistan Reconsider Its ‘Good Taliban’?
Taliban Office Politics: UAE vs. Qatar
August 17, 2017
Taliban Office Politics: UAE vs. Qatar
The UAE’s attempt at moderating the Taliban through diplomacy ultimately fell short.
Taliban Office Politics: UAE vs. Qatar
The Afghan Government Struggles to Survive
August 15, 2017
The Afghan Government Struggles to Survive
Beset by the resurgent Taliban and internal political rifts, the NUG is struggling to survive.
The Afghan Government Struggles to Survive
Does Afghanistan Seek Rapprochement With Pakistan?
June 10, 2017
Does Afghanistan Seek Rapprochement With Pakistan?
Where are Pakistan and Afghanistan’s relations are headed after the peace conference in Kabul?
Does Afghanistan Seek Rapprochement With Pakistan?
Blast in Kabul's Diplomatic District Kills 85, Injures 400
May 31, 2017
Blast in Kabul's Diplomatic District Kills 85, Injures 400
Taliban denies involvement in the attack, which mostly killed civilians commuting.
Blast in Kabul's Diplomatic District Kills 85, Injures 400
5 Strategic Priorities in Afghanistan That Donald Trump Should Consider Before the NATO Summit
May 24, 2017
5 Strategic Priorities in Afghanistan That Donald Trump Should Consider Before the NATO Summit
ISIS expansion and the Taliban's new regional allies; these are the urgent tasks the U.S. must address in its strategy.
5 Strategic Priorities in Afghanistan That Donald Trump Should Consider Before the NATO Summit
What’s Behind the Taliban’s Major Gains in Northern Afghanistan?
May 18, 2017
What’s Behind the Taliban’s Major Gains in Northern Afghanistan?
Why have the Taliban been able to make inroads in northern Afghanistan?
What’s Behind the Taliban’s Major Gains in Northern Afghanistan?
What Does the Surrender of a Pakistani Taliban Spokesperson Really Mean?
April 28, 2017
What Does the Surrender of a Pakistani Taliban Spokesperson Really Mean?
Does Ehsanullah Ehsan's surrender portend major changes ahead for the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan?
What Does the Surrender of a Pakistani Taliban Spokesperson Really Mean?
Taliban: New Challenges for Central Asia
April 11, 2017
Taliban: New Challenges for Central Asia
Central Asian militants fight alongside the Taliban, which has been the target of Russia's "hybrid diplomacy."
Taliban: New Challenges for Central Asia
Fighting Kleptocrats in Afghanistan: The Case for Unexplained Wealth Orders
April 09, 2017
Fighting Kleptocrats in Afghanistan: The Case for Unexplained Wealth Orders
Unexplained wealth orders can be a positive start in the fight against corruption.
Fighting Kleptocrats in Afghanistan: The Case for Unexplained Wealth Orders
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