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The Taliban’s Many Problematic Borders
May 10, 2022

The Taliban’s Many Problematic Borders

By Catherine Putz
The Taliban are beset on all sides by difficult borders, and the group’s inability to bring them under control may serve to complicate relations with regional neighbors.

Al-Qaida Leader Circulates Video; Dispels Rumor of His Death
April 06, 2022

Al-Qaida Leader Circulates Video; Dispels Rumor of His Death

By Kathy Gannon
Rumors of the death of Ayman al-Zawahri have persistently circulated, but a new video appears to dispel those rumors.
What is a Taliban Education System Truly Worth?
February 04, 2022

What is a Taliban Education System Truly Worth?

By Aulia Shifa Hamida
The reopening of universities in Afghanistan may not be the good news it seems on the surface.

Murky Militias in Forgotten Provinces Reveal Why Afghanistan War Isn’t Over
January 20, 2022

Murky Militias in Forgotten Provinces Reveal Why Afghanistan War Isn’t Over

By Ben Acheson
Ghor can be viewed as a microcosm of the layered complexity of Afghanistan.

2021 in Asian Geopolitics: A Retrospective
December 18, 2021

2021 in Asian Geopolitics: A Retrospective

By Ankit Panda and Catherine Putz
What were the major developments and events that drove geopolitical trends in Asia in 2021?

Examining the Taliban’s Words, Thoughts and Deeds, Part II: Hostage Diplomacy
December 16, 2021

Examining the Taliban’s Words, Thoughts and Deeds, Part II: Hostage Diplomacy

By Mohammad Bashir Mobasher and Mohammad Qadam Shah
The Taliban are well-practiced at taking and using hostages. Now it’s a nation held hostage.

Examining the Taliban’s Words, Thoughts, and Deeds, Part I: The Myth of Taliban 2.0
December 14, 2021

Examining the Taliban’s Words, Thoughts, and Deeds, Part I: The Myth of Taliban 2.0

By Mohammad Bashir Mobasher and Mohammad Qadam Shah
Since taking power in August 2021, the Taliban have been on a PR blitz to re-brand for international audiences.
Action Needed Now to Address the Humanitarian Catastrophe in Afghanistan
November 17, 2021

Action Needed Now to Address the Humanitarian Catastrophe in Afghanistan

By Youssof Ghafoorzai
With winter approaching, the human tragedy that has befallen the people of Afghanistan will only worsen. Urgent action is needed.

Should the Taliban Be Given Afghanistan’s UN Seat?
November 02, 2021

Should the Taliban Be Given Afghanistan’s UN Seat?

By Mohammad Qadam Shah and Mohammad Bashir Mobasher
The question of recognizing the Taliban is a test of the integrity of international law.

Aid Cargo Destined for Afghanistan Stuck at Border
October 29, 2021

Aid Cargo Destined for Afghanistan Stuck at Border

By Catherine Putz
Recent reports suggest that 100 metric tonnes of humanitarian aid delivered to a transit hub in Uzbekistan by UNHCR has not been able to cross the border into Afghanistan yet. 

After the Fall of Kabul, the US Needs to Reject China’s Narrative on Terrorism
October 06, 2021

After the Fall of Kabul, the US Needs to Reject China’s Narrative on Terrorism

By Omer Kanat
Hyping an unsubstantiated “extremism” threat is a key, and classic, tactic in the Chinese government’s propaganda war.
Sports Amid Chaos in Afghanistan
September 29, 2021

Sports Amid Chaos in Afghanistan

By Sajad Jatoi
During its first period of rule the Taliban banned sports, even cricket. Will they view sports differently this time around?

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