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The Unintended Impacts of U.S. Weapons Supplied to Afghanistan
June 07, 2022

The Unintended Impacts of U.S. Weapons Supplied to Afghanistan

By Erica Mumford
The U.S. policy of arming parties in conflict presents significant risks that weapons will be diverted into unfriendly hands. 

China’s Embrace of the Taliban Complicates US Afghanistan Strategy
April 13, 2022

China’s Embrace of the Taliban Complicates US Afghanistan Strategy

By Zane Zovak
China’s willingness to partner with the Taliban undermines American efforts to influence the extremist group’s behavior through pressure campaigns and sanctions.
Biden’s Afghanistan Policy Pleases No One. But Some Critics Are Wrong Too.
February 25, 2022

Biden’s Afghanistan Policy Pleases No One. But Some Critics Are Wrong Too.

By Jasmine Bhatia and Sarajuddin Isar
Both proponents and critics of the controversial decision to order the unfreezing and splitting of Afghanistan’s foreign reserves are getting it wrong.

A Shadow War on the Taliban?
September 09, 2021

A Shadow War on the Taliban?

By Amalendu Misra
India’s discussions with Russia, the U.K., and the U.S. could form the core of international opposition to Taliban rule.

In Kabul, Pentagon Chief Speaks of ‘Responsible End’ to War
March 23, 2021

In Kabul, Pentagon Chief Speaks of ‘Responsible End’ to War

By Lolita C. Baldor and Rahmin Faiez
With questions swirling about how long U.S. troops will remain in the country, Austin said that "in terms of an end date or setting a specific date for withdrawal, that's the domain of my boss."

The Blinken Letter: A Renewed Push for Afghan Peace, Proposals Both New and Old
March 08, 2021

The Blinken Letter: A Renewed Push for Afghan Peace, Proposals Both New and Old

By Catherine Putz
Parts of the brief letter have drawn a strong reaction from Afghan leaders, while talks dangle in Doha.

With the Afghan Taliban in Islamabad, Is Pakistan Finally Getting What It Has Always Wanted?
October 08, 2019

With the Afghan Taliban in Islamabad, Is Pakistan Finally Getting What It Has Always Wanted?

By Umair Jamal
What are the Taliban up to?
Stay the Course to Win the Peace in Afghanistan
February 12, 2019

Stay the Course to Win the Peace in Afghanistan

By M. Ashraf Haidari
The U.S. must be careful not to repeat the mistake of an overly-hasty withdrawal of support for Afghanistan.

The Forgotten Cold War Sacrifices of the Afghan People
January 08, 2019

The Forgotten Cold War Sacrifices of the Afghan People

By M. Ashraf Haidari
Misconceptions about the Soviet invasion point to a larger problem about the way the world thinks about Afghanistan.

What’s Wrong With the US Afghanistan Strategy?
August 31, 2018

What’s Wrong With the US Afghanistan Strategy?

By Kashif Hussain
The U.S. strategy has faltered out of the gate, thanks to a lack of coordination at home and in the region.

Trump’s Strategy in Afghanistan: The Beginning of an Indefinite End
June 15, 2018

Trump’s Strategy in Afghanistan: The Beginning of an Indefinite End

By Monish Tourangbam and Nandita Palrecha
Nearly a year after the strategy was introduced, the outcomes are inconclusive.
The Regional Fallout From Trump's Afghanistan Approach
April 11, 2018

The Regional Fallout From Trump's Afghanistan Approach

By Sudha Ratan
President Trump’s unpredictable foreign policy means tough times for Afghanistan.

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