Afghanistan

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In an era of fluid and contested borders and indirect and proxy conflicts, the temptation for states to use radical groups for their own policy purposes is substantial....(full article)

Three months after its presidential election -- and two months after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry brokered an agreement to resolve the dispute that arose from it -- Afghanist...(full article)

The future of Afghanistan may come down to a simple question: Can a country have a CEO? The job title that's synonymous with Wall Street is now dominating backroom discussions in K...(full article)

Two days after the emergence of a video depicting the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley by so-called Islamic State militants, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called a press co...(full article)

At the most fundamental level, NATO must help Russia’s neighbors adapt to the fact that they are militarily weak and dwarfed by Russia’s might. Thus they need to be abl...(full article)

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The Karzai Coup and Kerry's Failed Recount - Ioannis Koskinas, FP

Afghan President Hamid Karzai wants this year's election results to be announced by the end of the month. Karzai's spokesman, Aimal Faizi, told reporters on Thursday that: "Preside...

Afghanistan Isn't Iraq - Bloomberg View

Afghanistan's political impasse has renewed calls that the U.S. revisit plans to pull its soldiers out of the country by the end of 2016. Look at Iraq, these critics say, arguing t...

Failed States Pose Terror Threats - The Australian

Understandably the Obama administration is anxious not to get too deeply involved again in Iraq. But after the alarming assessment delivered by Chuck Hagel of the threat posed not ...

2014: A Year of Botched Elections in Asia - Andrew Oplas, The Diplomat

It is commonly understood that genuine elections are among the most indispensable prerequisites for effective and sustained democratic governance. And yet as with democracy itsel...

Iraq Explains Why Not to Leave Afghanistan - Paul Miller, Foreign Policy

Despite his obvious and understandable hesitations to return U.S. military forces to Iraq, the president's humanitarian concerns combined with the United States' strategic interest...

When I Met Robin Williams in Afghanistan - Matt Kaminski, Daily Beast

Robin Williams had his demons but it never stopped him from making troops laugh on the numerous standup tours he did in Iraq and Afghanistan....

Why the Afghan Election Still Isn't Over - Thomas Scherer, Wash Post

Why have the candidates continued to fight? There was almost certainly fraud on both sides as supporters took advantage of Afghanistan’s insecurity and institutional deficits and...

Without Shift in Afghan Strategy, Taliban Will Win - Scott Smith, GPS

This week’s attack at an Afghan military academy, which claimed the life of a U.S. general and more than a dozen troops, brought back like a recurring nightmare a proble...

Is Afghanistan Going the Way of Iraq? - Joshua Keating, Slate

The killing of Maj. Gen. Harold Greene by an Afghan soldier on Tuesday doesn’t just mark the first killing of a U.S. general in a war zone since Vietnam. It’s also a disturb...

General Greene's Death and the Afghan Mission - Max Boot, Commentary

The death of General Greene and the wounding of a number of other NATO personnel is all the more dismaying because the perpetrator was an Afghan soldier. Such incidents of “gre...

$753 Billion Later, Afghanistan May Be Lost - David Francis, Fiscal Times

As the majority of American troops prepare to withdraw from Afghanistan at the end of the year, two events have revealed the stark reality of the mess the United States is leaving ...

Strange Last Days of America's Longest War - Nick Willard, Daily Beast

The signs of a dying war are everywhere in Afghanistan. An officer serving there reports on the layoffs and yard sales that mark the strange last days of America’s longest war....

What Does $104B Buy You in Afghanistan? - Elias Groll, Foreign Policy

The Marshall Plan has now been knocked off its pedestal as America's most expensive nation-building project. Afghanistan now reigns supreme, having gobbled up $104 billion in Ameri...

Can the U.S. Leave Afghanistan Without Leaving Chaos? - Dawn

WHILE much of the focus when it comes to Afghanistan is rightly on ensuring that the recent presidential election produces a result that is nationally acceptable and politically vi...

Dodging a Coup in Kabul, for Now - Steve Coll, The New Yorker

There is little doubt the coup makers could have succeeded; they have the lion’s share of Kabul’s guns. The wider war they would have triggered would have turned hard a...

Afghanistan's Quantum Jump - The Telegraph

There is a tide in the affairs of Afghanistan, which taken at the flood could lead to fortune. Scarcely three months ago, the people of Afghanistan had made it clear that they pref...

A Real Chance for Peace in Afghanistan - Washington Post

Timely phone calls to Mr. Abdullah and rival Ashraf Ghani, first by Secretary of State John F. Kerry and then by President Obama, temporarily defused the crisis. Now Mr. Kerry has ...

Generals Sour on Obama's Afghan Plan - Rogin & Dozier, The Daily Beast

The idea of pulling nearly all American troops out of Afghanistan in 2016 suddenly seems like pretty lousy, after so much of Iraq has collapsed under a similar scenario....

Politics, Afghanistan-Style - Farah Stockman, Boston Globe

Perhaps this is the dilemma that all aspiring politicians face in developing democracies where politics is a blood sport, quite literally. Even the most educated and effective lead...

A Close Call, and a Warning, in Afghanistan - Max Boot, Commentary

The UN’s top representative in Kabul called it “not just a top-notch diplomatic achievement [but] close to a miracle.” But the only reason that miracle occurred is that, with...

Afghan Runoff Could Lead to Civil War - M K Bhadrakumar, Asia Times

The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan announced in Kabul on Monday that according to preliminary results Dr Ahsraf Ghani won the June 14 run-off presidential election ...

Kerry Must Let Afghan Voters Choose - Zardasht Shams, The Daily Beast

Here's what U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry needs to remember when he lands in Kabul on Friday to try to fix the mess that the Afghan elections have become: The first priority...

Rise of the Neo-Neo-Conservatives - Konrad Yakabuski, Globe and Mail

The leading voice of neo-conservatism 2.0 is Robert Kagan, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, whose recent essay in the New Republic continues to reverberate in Washingt...

Afghanistan Needs Its Next President, and Soon - Rob Crilly, The Telegraph

The US takes great pains not to be seen to interfere in other people's elections. In Afghanistan, any whiff of involvement is deeply toxic. Everyone remembers the 2009 poll and rep...

Who Will Be Afghanistan's Al Gore? - Bloomberg View

In short, the best one can hope for are credible results untainted by "industrial-scale" fraud. That likely means a narrower, and thus potentially even more contested, margin of vi...

Changing Rules of the Game of Thrones - Praveen Swami, The Hindu

For the first time since it emerged as the world’s pre-eminent power, the United States is walking away from the global battlefields. This makes it vital for regional powers ...

U.S. Job Far from Done in Afghanistan - Hadley & Lord, Global Public Sq.

As the United States draws down its forces in Afghanistan and shifts from direct combat to the narrower mission of countering terrorism and training Afghan forces, some might thi...

Moscow's Afghan Endgame - Richard Weitz, The Diplomat

Few will have been watching the troubled Afghan presidential elections with greater attention than Russia. Although Moscow has not shown a strong preference for either candidate,...

Seeing in Iraq the Future of Afghanistan - Rahi & Hudson, The Diplomat

While the Obama Administration worries about Iraq’s fate, it might well consider how a similar scenario may play out in Afghanistan in the near term. Afghanistan has yet to sign...

Pakistan's Offensive, America's Withdrawal - Steve Coll, The New Yorker

Pakistan gained independence in 1947. It left Waziristan alone until 2002, when the Pakistani Army entered in force for the first time, also at American urging. That incursion bega...

America Needs a Clear Drone Policy - Christian Science Monitor

As the US again steps up drone attacks, the need for a clear policy on the use or sale of military drones becomes more urgent....

Abdullah Just Dealt a Serious Blow to Afghanistan - Catherine Putz, RCW

Abdullah Abdullah's accusation that his opponent in the Afghan presidential runoff, Ashraf Ghani, has engaged in massive vote fraud threatens to undermine the very same election pr...

Afghanistan's Election Tipping Point - Ankit Panda, The Diplomat

Afghanistan just concluded its run-off vote to determine its next president and the signs that the country will head towards a comfortable and stable transition of power appear to ...

Abdullah Jumps the Gun on Vote Fraud - Max Boot, Commentary

The legend of the 1960 election is that Democratic bosses robbed Richard Nixon of critical votes in Texas and Illinois, giving those states to John F. Kennedy and thus ensuring his...

Afghanistan's Latest Crisis - Sune Engel Rasmussen, New Republic

It could have been a watershed moment for Afghanistan, the first democratic transition in the nation’s history. Instead, quarreling over yet unreleased election results is turnin...

George W. Bush's Legacy of War - Haroon Siddiqui, Toronto Star

Thirteen years after the American invasion, bombs are still going off in Kabul, and the second largest city, Kandahar, is not secure. More than a decade after the American invasion...

Afghanistan Won't End Up Like Iraq - Akhilesh PIllalamarri, The Diplomat

This past Saturday, on June 14, Afghanistan successfully held the second round of its presidential elections, which could usher in the first peaceful and democratic transfer of p...

My Search for the Taliban Five - Josh Rogin, The Daily Beast

Here in Doha, Qatar, everybody knows the Taliban commanders released from Guantanamo are in town, but nobody knows where. I spent an afternoon hunting for their new luxury digs....

India-Pak Proxy War for Afghanistan Looms - Frederic Grare, Ind. Express

The announcement of the full US withdrawal will only provide additional incentive for both India and Pakistan to accelerate their existing policies in order to gain the upper hand ...

Obama Quits Afghanistan - Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

The Bergdahl affair is a chapter in a much larger story. Obama campaigned in 2008 on the premise that George W. Bush had unwisely diverted resources to the bad war in Iraq from the...

Abdullah: Afghanistan Won't Turn Out Like Iraq - Joshua Keating, Slate

The worsening crisis in Iraq will inevitably raise questions about the other country the U.S. military is slowly disengaging from. The country’s election, which is due to con...

Kabul's City on the Hill - May Jeong, New York Times

Just south of the city center is the most famous of Kabul’s many dun-colored mountains. It is called TV Hill, after the telecom and broadcast antennas that crowd its peak lik...

Jihadist Insurgents Gain Ground - The Australian

The terrorist assault against the international airport in Karachi, Pakistan’s commercial and transport hub, is indicative of the potent threat posed by jihadist insurgents. ...

The ISI's Great Game in Afghanistan - Omer Aziz, The Diplomat

For four decades, Pakistan’s spy-generals have played Afghanistan like a powerful chip in a consequential game of poker. They know the important local militants, have open chan...

6 Issues Raised by the U.S.-Taliban Deal - Ramesh Thakur, Japan Times

On May 31, after five years in Taliban captivity, 28-year old U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was released to U.S. Special Forces personnel. He is currently recuperating at a U.S. mil...

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Pakistan airstrikes kill 40 militan

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By Maria Golovnina ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's South Asia wing has claimed responsibility ...