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The Taliban Takeover in Afghanistan: Who Is Really to Blame?
September 02, 2021

The Taliban Takeover in Afghanistan: Who Is Really to Blame?

By Rajeev Agarwal
The U.S. is far from blameless, but it is not solely responsible for the Taliban's rapid takeover.

Are the Taliban’s Captured Weapons Any Use?
August 30, 2021

Are the Taliban’s Captured Weapons Any Use?

By Jacob Parakilas
The Taliban’s blitz to power in Afghanistan has left them in possession of a veritable arsenal of U.S. weaponry intended for the defunct government. Are captured weapons a strategic game-changer?
Afghanistan Fiasco Does Not Destroy US Credibility in Asia-Pacific
August 18, 2021

Afghanistan Fiasco Does Not Destroy US Credibility in Asia-Pacific

By Denny Roy
While the disaster unfolding in Afghanistan will have many negative consequences, it will not by itself cause the end of U.S. strategic pre-eminence in the Asia-Pacific region.

Afghanistan and the Real Vietnam Analogy
August 18, 2021

Afghanistan and the Real Vietnam Analogy

By Andrew Gawthorpe
The war in Vietnam showed the abject failure of nation-building – and the imperial logic behind such efforts. But the U.S. repeated its mistake in Afghanistan.

‘Welcome Home’: Evacuation Flight Brings 200 Afghans to US
July 30, 2021

‘Welcome Home’: Evacuation Flight Brings 200 Afghans to US

By Ellen Knickmeyer and Matthew Lee
Subsequent flights are due to bring more of the roughly 700 applicants who are farthest along in the process of getting visas.

Can Washington Speed Up Special Visa Processing for Afghans?
July 12, 2021

Can Washington Speed Up Special Visa Processing for Afghans?

By Catherine Putz
Afghans who assisted U.S. forces are eligible for a special immigrant visa, but the process, hogtied by legislation and reporting requirements, has been backlogged for a decade.

With Accelerated Afghan Withdrawal, US Engagement With Central Asia Intensifies
July 02, 2021

With Accelerated Afghan Withdrawal, US Engagement With Central Asia Intensifies

By Catherine Putz
U.S. forces are reportedly days away from completing the withdrawal from Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Central Asian diplomats are making the rounds in Washington, DC.
US Pullout From Afghanistan Half Done, But Questions Remain
June 09, 2021

US Pullout From Afghanistan Half Done, But Questions Remain

By Lolita C. Baldor and Robert Burns
Officials acknowledge that the withdrawal so far has largely involved removing or otherwise disposing of mountains of equipment. 

A Month Into the US Withdrawal From Afghanistan
June 02, 2021

A Month Into the US Withdrawal From Afghanistan

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
As the U.S. embarks on its final withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Taliban moved to strike provincial centers and peace talks remain stalled.

Afghan Forces Struggle, Demoralized, Rife With Corruption
May 27, 2021

Afghan Forces Struggle, Demoralized, Rife With Corruption

By Kathy Gannon
The government says the army can hold its own, but military experts warn of a tough fight ahead.

Taliban Tells Afghanistan’s Neighbors Not to Host US Forces
May 26, 2021

Taliban Tells Afghanistan’s Neighbors Not to Host US Forces

By Catherine Putz
"If such a step is taken, then the responsibility for all the misfortunes and difficulties lies upon those who commit such mistakes.”
The Implications of the US Troop Withdrawal for Afghan Women  
May 25, 2021

The Implications of the US Troop Withdrawal for Afghan Women  

By Saman Rizwan
If guarantees of preserving progress in women’s rights are not included in any potential political settlement, they remain prone to reverses. 

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