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To Win the Peace, Afghans Must Be in the Driver’s Seat
March 28, 2018
To Win the Peace, Afghans Must Be in the Driver’s Seat
The U.S. is right to refuse to talk directly with a divided Taliban, as an Afghan-led peace process is necessary.
To Win the Peace, Afghans Must Be in the Driver’s Seat
Squeezing Pakistan For Results in Afghanistan
March 28, 2018
Squeezing Pakistan For Results in Afghanistan
Washington needs to give the dialogue process a chance in Afghanistan.
Squeezing Pakistan For Results in Afghanistan
A Way Forward for Afghanistan After the 2nd Kabul Process Conference
March 07, 2018
A Way Forward for Afghanistan After the 2nd Kabul Process Conference
Ashraf Ghani's offer to the Taliban has been repudiated. The problem remains across the border, in Pakistan.
A Way Forward for Afghanistan After the 2nd Kabul Process Conference
Afghan Civilian Casualties, the Elephant in the Room
March 03, 2018
Afghan Civilian Casualties, the Elephant in the Room
Civilian deaths in Afghanistan shouldn’t be treated as simple statistics that no one wants to talk about.
Afghan Civilian Casualties, the Elephant in the Room
TAPI Moves Into Afghanistan, Taliban Promise to Protect the Project
February 27, 2018
TAPI Moves Into Afghanistan, Taliban Promise to Protect the Project
Yet another ceremony to mark progress on the TAPI pipeline.
TAPI Moves Into Afghanistan, Taliban Promise to Protect the Project
Afghan Ministry of Defense Announces Creation of New 36,000-Strong Militia Force
February 23, 2018
Afghan Ministry of Defense Announces Creation of New 36,000-Strong Militia Force
The new force is framed as a cost-effective way to exercise control over fragile territory.
Afghan Ministry of Defense Announces Creation of New 36,000-Strong Militia Force
The Kabul Hotel Attack: Moving Beyond the Blame Game
February 23, 2018
The Kabul Hotel Attack: Moving Beyond the Blame Game
Structural conditions in Afghan society provide insurgents the opportunity to escape detection.
The Kabul Hotel Attack: Moving Beyond the Blame Game
Islamic State Claims Attack on Save the Children Office in Jalalabad
January 25, 2018
Islamic State Claims Attack on Save the Children Office in Jalalabad
As of writing, official sources indicate that at least three people have been killed and 20 injured.
Islamic State Claims Attack on Save the Children Office in Jalalabad
What Peace in Colombia Teaches Us About War in Afghanistan
December 23, 2017
What Peace in Colombia Teaches Us About War in Afghanistan
A successful reconciliation process after three decades of excruciating false starts offers some not-so-encouraging lessons for Afghanistan.
What Peace in Colombia Teaches Us About War in Afghanistan
Extortion 17: The Mission and the Tragedy in Afghanistan
September 16, 2017
Extortion 17: The Mission and the Tragedy in Afghanistan
In The Final Mission of Extortion 17, Ed Darack details the 2011 shootdown of a U.S. helicopter in Afghanistan.
Extortion 17: The Mission and the Tragedy in Afghanistan
Trump’s Afghanistan Policy: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
August 25, 2017
Trump’s Afghanistan Policy: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
U.S. President Donald J. Trump's plan for Afghanistan leaves several open questions.
Trump’s Afghanistan Policy: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Before Afghanistan, Trump Should Sort Out How 'South Asia' Is Seen in Washington
August 24, 2017
Before Afghanistan, Trump Should Sort Out How 'South Asia' Is Seen in Washington
Why Trump should address South Asia policy thinking in Washington first.
Before Afghanistan, Trump Should Sort Out How 'South Asia' Is Seen in Washington
Trump's New Afghanistan Strategy: An Afghan View
August 22, 2017
Trump's New Afghanistan Strategy: An Afghan View
Trump's new strategy for Afghanistan hits many of the notes that Afghans would have liked to hear.
Trump's New Afghanistan Strategy: An Afghan View
Whatever the New US Strategy in Afghanistan, It Can't Succeed Without China
June 21, 2017
Whatever the New US Strategy in Afghanistan, It Can't Succeed Without China
Without China's buy-in, any attempt to mediate between Afghanistan and Pakistan is doomed.
Whatever the New US Strategy in Afghanistan, It Can't Succeed Without China
The Trump Administration Needs to Clarify a Strategy in Afghanistan (And It's Not a Bigger Bomb)
April 14, 2017
The Trump Administration Needs to Clarify a Strategy in Afghanistan (And It's Not a Bigger Bomb)
The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bumped Afghanistan back into the U.S. news cycle, but what's next?
The Trump Administration Needs to Clarify a Strategy in Afghanistan (And It's Not a Bigger Bomb)
The Road to Peace Goes Through Kabul
March 14, 2017
The Road to Peace Goes Through Kabul
The peace process in Afghanistan must be Afghan-led and Afghan-owned.
The Road to Peace Goes Through Kabul
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