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Taliban Hold First Talks in Europe Since Afghan Takeover
January 25, 2022

Taliban Hold First Talks in Europe Since Afghan Takeover

By David Keyton
The talks with European and U.S. representatives are expected to cover everything from education to humanitarian aid to greater inclusivity.

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.
SIGAR on the Unsustainability of the Afghan Air Force
January 19, 2022

SIGAR on the Unsustainability of the Afghan Air Force

By Catherine Putz
In a classified January 2021 report, SIGAR warned that the Afghan air forces were unsustainable without continued U.S. support. The newly declassified report explains why.

The Final Flights of the Afghan Air Force
December 30, 2021

The Final Flights of the Afghan Air Force

By Catherine Putz
As the Afghan government collapsed, the country’s pilots were left with an impossible choice: stay and face possible death at the hands of the Taliban, or fly away.

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.

Is It Time for the US to Press Uzbekistan on Human Rights?
December 07, 2021

Is It Time for the US to Press Uzbekistan on Human Rights?

By Catherine Putz
A group of U.S. Senators have asked the Biden administration to center human rights in the upcoming Strategic Partnership Dialogue with Uzbekistan.

Inside Dostum’s Mansion: Afghanistan’s Inequality Laid Bare
December 06, 2021

Inside Dostum’s Mansion: Afghanistan’s Inequality Laid Bare

By Agnieszka Pikulicka-Wilczewska
The corrupt system of the past might be gone, but the new chapter in Afghanistan’s history is unlikely to be much better. 
Afghanistan, Then and Now
November 13, 2021

Afghanistan, Then and Now

By Luke Hunt
A conversation with author Chris Woolf.

Afghan Pilots Held in Tajikistan Finally Out
November 10, 2021

Afghan Pilots Held in Tajikistan Finally Out

By Catherine Putz
After nearly three months in limbo in a Tajik sanitorium, a group of 191 Afghans, many U.S.-trained pilots, have been flown out of the region.

Watchdog Finds No Misconduct in Mistaken Afghan Airstrike
November 04, 2021

Watchdog Finds No Misconduct in Mistaken Afghan Airstrike

By Lolita C. Baldor
“It's a regrettable mistake. It's an honest mistake,” the Air Force inspector general said. “I understand the consequences, but it's not criminal conduct, random conduct, negligence."

From Exile, Afghanistan’s Fawzia Koofi Keeps Fighting
October 22, 2021

From Exile, Afghanistan’s Fawzia Koofi Keeps Fighting

By Thalia Beaty
Koofi was part of a delegation of Afghan women visiting the U.N. to urge member states not to compromise on inclusion and equal rights in Afghanistan.
A Remote Corner of Afghanistan Offers a Peek Into the Future of the Country
October 19, 2021

A Remote Corner of Afghanistan Offers a Peek Into the Future of the Country

By Franz J. Marty
In Kamdesh, Nuristan, where U.S. forces withdrew more than a decade ago, the American presence is a distant – and negative – memory for many locals.

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