Afghanistan

جمهوری اسلامی افغانستان

IT will indeed be a rare feat for an Afghan ruler to leave office alive and hand over the charge to his elected successor. The historical presidential election in Afghanistan is ov...(full article)

In terms of the endgame, Afghanistan was always a riskier war than Iraq. Both have been routinely compared with Vietnam, because of the counterinsurgency element, the godforsaken e...(full article)

For better or worse, ours is today a warlike nation that depends on volunteers to fill the ranks of its armed forces. Young men and women have a variety of motives for signing up. ...(full article)

As the clock ticks down to the promised withdrawal from Afghanistan, the US military is trying to figure out how to market the idea that the international intervention has actually...(full article)

Today, much of the violence is mischaracterised as “Taliban” insurgent violence, when in fact it is not linked to the Taliban or the GIRoA, but is driven by local dynamics betw...(full article)

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America Also a Winner in Afghan Elections - Amir Taheri, New York Post

It will be weeks before the final results of Afghanistan’s presidential election, held Saturday, are announced. And the winner won’t take office until June. Nevertheless, the...

Afghanistan Votes Against the Taliban - Sanjay Kumar, The Diplomat

This was the mood in Afghanistan on Saturday when the country voted for in its first democratic transition of government; the country had never seen this kind of zeal to vote. ...

Afghanistan's Milestone - Akmal Dawi, The Diplomat

In April 1996, when Mullah Omar took the title of Afghanistan’s Amir-ul-Momineen (Leader of the Faithful) in perpetuity, more than 99 percent of Afghans had not even seen his f...

Don't Ignore Women's Struggles in Muslim World - Margaret Wente, G&M

Most Western feminists are curiously silent about these issues. It seems they’d rather spend their time warning about “rape culture” and denouncing the misogyny, ...

Afghan Election Hailed as Taliban Threat Remains - Kim Gamel, AP

Afghans and the international community hailed its presidential election as a triumph of democracy over violence Sunday, despite complaints about ballot shortages and sporadic frau...

7 Million Vote in Afghan Elections - Ankit Panda, The Diplomat

Seven million Afghan citizens headed to the polls on Saturday to vote in what will mark the first successful transition of power from one elected leader to another. The voting to...

Afghans Vote for Stability over Terror - The National

Despite violence and intimidation from Taliban insurgents determined to disrupt Afghanistan’s presidential elections, the millions of voters who took part showed that ordinar...

Afghanistan Is Doomed (Probably) - Adnan Khan, Maclean's

It is a momentous occasion for Afghanistan: for the first time since the fall of the Taliban regime in late 2001, Afghans will experience a democratic transition of power. The elec...

Goodbye Karzai, and Good Riddance - The Australian

SINCE he has built himself a home in the grounds of the presidential palace in Kabul where he intends living after he leaves office, it remains to be seen what influence Hamid Karz...

The Campaigns for Kabul - Matthieu Aikins, New York Times

This will be Afghanistan’s fifth election since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, the third for the presidency. Hamid Karzai, who has led the country since then, won’t b...

Is Karzai Actually a Great Leader? - Leela Jacinto, Foreign Policy

Was Karzai's big-tent approach of accommodating powerbrokers, for instance, simply not appreciated by his bossy foreign overlords (who are not known for their cultural intelligence...

The Men Shaping Our Future in Afghanistan - David Francis, Fiscal Times

The winner of Sunday’s election is expected to negotiate a long-term security agreement with the United States. That agreement would determine what kind of presence, if any, the ...

4 Reasons Elections Won't Fix Afghanistan - Michael Kugelman, Diplomat

Saturday’s election may be critical, but Afghanistan isn’t about to become a stable state anytime soon....

How to Win an Afghan Election (Rig It) - Anand Gopal, New Yorker

The Afghan state is barely cohesive and the Taliban are on the march....

The New Mayor of Kabul - Leela Jacinto, Foreign Policy

Election Day is just around the corner, and once again campaign overload has struck Afghanistan in a riot of colors, candidate mug shots, and election symbols -- democracy at work...

Time for Obama to Face Global Realities - Trudy Rubin, Philly Inquirer

There's a link between all these headaches, and you sometimes seem to get it, but your foreign policy doesn't reflect that understanding. Isn't it time your team started connecting...

An Afghan Afghanistan - Brahma Chellaney, Project Syndicate

As it braces for its upcoming presidential election, Afghanistan finds itself at another critical juncture, with its unity and territorial integrity at stake after 35 years of rele...

This Professor Could Be Afghanistan's Next President - Jeffrey Stern, TNR

As advisor to Hamid Karzai, he organized the Loya Jirga that approved the constitution and elected Karzai. He helped write the country’s National Development Framework while ...

Yes, the Taliban Are Terrorists - Aziz Hakimi, The Diplomat

The story is heartbreaking. A Facebook status update on July 16, 2013, from Ahmad Sardar, the Afghan journalist in Kabul. Nelofar, his 5-year-old daughter asks her dad, &ldquo...

Defying Taliban, Afghans Head to the Polls - Marc Grossman, Yale Global

It is undeniable that, as Afghanistan prepares for elections on April 5 and the end of the international combat mission in December, the country faces enormous challenges. A succes...

Afghanistan Is No Vietnam - Michael O'Hanlon, The National Interest

In fact, the war is not lost. Alas, it is ongoing. But it is now also being handed off fairly successfully to Afghan forces, who represent more 90 percent of total coalition troop ...

Spreadsheets and Global Mayhem - Somini Sengupta, New York Times

Using machine-learning tools to draw inferences about the effects of each piece of information they analyzed, the researchers compiled a list of 15 countries facing the highest ris...

Pakistan Sheltered bin Laden? Prove It - Peter Bergen, CNN

I am convinced that there is no evidence that anyone in the Pakistani government, military or intelligence agencies knowingly sheltered bin Laden....

What Pakistan Knew About bin Laden - Carlotta Gall, NYT Magazine

According to one inside source, the ISI actually ran a special desk assigned to handle Bin Laden. It was operated independently, led by an officer who made his own decisions and di...

In Afghanistan, New Great Game Begins - William Dalrymple, Guardian

As the disappearance of flight MH370 dominated the headlines across China, a party of senior US officials and AfPak experts arrived in Beijing last week for discreet talks with th...

Afghanistan: A War Lost and Battle Won - Jeffrey Simpson, Globe and Mail

It is one thing for soldiers to be deployed in peacekeeping; it is another for them to fight and die and be wounded. Yes, there are dangers in peacekeeping and special skills are r...

The Taliban's Unity of Purpose - Asim Yousafzai, The Diplomat

Taliban and like-minded jihadis are becoming more united in their determination to impose their brand of sharia on both Afghanistan and Pakistan, with the help of their internati...

Think Karzai Is Finished? Think Again - Imtiaz Gul, The Express Tribune

Ever since Afghan President Hamid Karzai became vocal in his criticism of the US role in the last decade and publicly made signing of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) conditi...

Afghan Election's Hip-Hop Anthem - Uri Friedman, The Atlantic

  Ask a young Afghan, who has come of age in war and turmoil, why his peers should vote in the country's presidential election, and what might he say? He might break into a rap ...

What Afghan Election Success Would Look Like - O'Hanlon & Sharifi, TNI

The Obama-Karzai relationship is not the greatest risk. The larger danger, rather, concerns the upcoming elections, in which eleven candidates seek to replace President Karzai af...

The KGB 'Reality' Putin Is in Touch With - Paul Roderick Gregory, Forbes

Chancellor Merkel should not be surprised by Putin’s lack of touch with reality, or that he is living “in another world.” After all, she grew up behind a wall, erected by Put...

The T-Shirt Revolution - Rafia Zakaria, Dawn

THE days of American pullout from Afghanistan are near. With the exit from next door, a similar emptying is expected in Pakistan: the American turning away is likely to mean an end...

America Is Not in Retreat - Fareed Zakaria, Washington Post

As America navigates a changing world, the people who seem to be having the greatest difficulty with the adjustment are the country’s pundits. Over the past few weeks, a new conv...

Warlords with Dark Pasts Battle in Afghan Vote - Rod Nordland, NY Times

Of the 11 campaigns in the April 5 presidential election, six include at least one candidate on the ticket who is widely viewed as a warlord, with pasts and policies directly at od...

The Inevitability of South Asia - Kanak Mani Dixit, The Hindu

While the term South Asia is now commonly accepted, we are nowhere near implementing regionalism on the ground....

The Internationalism of the Heartland - David Ignatius, Washington Post

When politicians evoke global engagement, that shouldn’t be code for ever-higher defense spending. Internationalism should signify trade links that provide markets and jobs; ...

The West Cozies Up with Afghan Warlords - Rob Crilly, Daily Telegraph

If ever there were an illustration of the way the US and its allies have turned a blind eye to alleged human rights abuses in their rush for the exit, then this photograph of two b...

Why the Durand Line Matters - Arwin Rahi, The Diplomat

Afghan officials have at times accused Pakistan of being less than honest in pushing the Afghan Taliban for talks with Kabul. Before making such statements, those same officials ...

Maddening Paranoia of Hamid Karzai - David DeVoss, Weekly Standard

In fairness, no Afghan politician can last long without some paranoia. Since the late 1970s, five of the country’s top political leaders have been assassinated....

Americans Aren't Interested in Your Problems - George Friedman, Stratfor

It's not that Americans are disinterested in foreign affairs, it's that their interest is finely calibrated. The issues must matter to Americans, so most issues must carry with the...

The Democratization of U.S. Foreign Policy - Robert Merry, Nat'l Interest

In this new political climate, the country actually could begin the process of crafting a new set of ideas and concepts that could form the basis for a new foreign policy. It would...

Iran and India: Afghanistan's 'Plan B'? - Rajeev Agarwal, The Diplomat

While Iran and India have always been potential alternatives for Afghanistan, it is only in the past few months that Kabul seems to have been getting traction on this option. The I...

Karzai Overplays Hand in U.S. Poker Game - David Francis, Fiscal Times

All those hoping for an end to the ongoing security agreement standoff between Afghanistan and the United States awoke to some good news Thursday: German Foreign Minister Fra...

25 Years After Soviet Afghan Withdrawal - Michael Rubin, Commentary

A quarter century ago tomorrow, the last Soviet tanks rolled across the “Friendship Bridge” into Termez, a small town in Soviet Uzbekistan. The nightmare which the Soviet exp...

What Is Hamid Karzai Thinking? - Peter Tomsen, Politico Magazine

Lately, those who think Afghanistan’s mercurial president has left this earthly plane have had the upper hand. Much recent reporting paints a picture of a paranoid man seques...

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