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U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan

Donors Fall Short on Afghan Aid Pledges Amid Widening International Rifts
April 05, 2022

Donors Fall Short on Afghan Aid Pledges Amid Widening International Rifts

By Catherine Putz
Divergences in approaches to Afghanistan map onto wider divergences between the United States and its allies and China, Russia, and their partners.

US Diplomat Apologizes to Thousands of Afghans Stuck in UAE
March 04, 2022

US Diplomat Apologizes to Thousands of Afghans Stuck in UAE

By Jon Gambrell
Around 12,000 Afghans remain stuck in Abu Dhabi. They represent a cross-section of those who fled the Taliban's lightning advance in August, from journalists to judges to soldiers.
Biden Aims to Split Frozen Funds for Afghan Relief, 9/11 Victims
February 12, 2022

Biden Aims to Split Frozen Funds for Afghan Relief, 9/11 Victims

By Aamer Madhani and Kathy Gannon
9/11 victims have ongoing legal claims on the $7 billion in Afghan assets frozen in the U.S. banking system; courts will have to decide if the executive order issued by Biden can be facilitated.

How to Deliver Aid to Afghanistan, Responsibly
February 05, 2022

How to Deliver Aid to Afghanistan, Responsibly

By Catherine Putz
In its latest quarterly report, SIGAR suggests 10 best practices for donors and agencies seeking to aid Afghans in a desperate time.

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.

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