Afghanistan

جمهوری اسلامی افغانستان

The Fear of Greater Chaos

Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

Obama Ignores Panetta's Warning

Marc Thiessen, Washington Post

Ashraf Ghani's Good Week

Max Boot, Commentary

5 Priorities for Afghanistan

Ahmad Majidyar, Global Public Square

In Helmand, where his enraptured Labour predecessor said the “future of world security” would be decided, Mr Cameron reiterated his belief that battling jihadism was the “str...(full article)

Uust because autocracy has failed does not mean that democracy can work. And just because the tumultuous, dramatic weakening of central control in big states has not happened yet d...(full article)

Say this much about President Obama: He does not engender a lot of loyalty from his inner circle....(full article)

Count me as among those who were skeptical about whether Ashraf Ghani–or for that matter any other mortal–would have what it takes to confront Afghanistan’s monumental prob...(full article)

While the peaceful and democratic transfer of power marks a milestone in Afghanistan’s tumultuous history, the country faces mounting security and governance challenges as inte...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Pakistan's Lessons for Turkey - M. Tanchum & H. Karaveli, New York Times

Turkey’s current situation resembles the early years of Pakistan’s sponsorship of the Taliban. The Islamic State is recruiting militants in Turkey. And failure to clean...

The Huge Bill for Afghanistan's Upkeep - N. Hodge, Wall Street Journal

Considered a marvel of engineering when it was built decades ago, the Salang serves a critical role in this corner of the world. Carved from the rock of the Hindu Kush mountain ran...

Kabul Can Also Use Terrorism as a Tool - Michael Rubin, Commentary

As U.S. forces and America’s NATO partners prepare to withdraw upon an arbitrary political deadline, terrorism will surge inside Afghanistan but terrorism will not be limited...

Paying Afghanistan's Bills - New York Times

By the end of the year, Congress will have appropriated more money for Afghanistan’s reconstruction, when adjusted for inflation, than the United States spent rebuilding 16 E...

Welcome to Suicide Bomber Rehab - Ali M. Latifi, Vocativ

Part of the challenge, analysts say, is that the Taliban targets drug addicts or people with mental or physical disabilities; few, if any, have any formal education....

The Long Road Ahead for Islamabad and Kabul - Dawn

The history is so long and fraught and the problems so complex that the start of the Ashraf Ghani presidency in Afghanistan cannot immediately be seen as a new beginning in ties be...

U.S.-Afghan Security Deal: Small but Key - H. LaFranchi, CS Monitor

The security agreement signed by the US and Afghanistan Tuesday doesn't mean big numbers of American troops. It means an important confidence boost....

How to Salvage Afghanistan - Scott Smith & Andrew Wilder, RealClearWorld

This was no easy transition: Thirteen years of rebuilding efforts nearly unraveled during a fraught electoral summer. The Taliban gained momentum and territory while the economy sh...

Afghanistan's Triumph of Statesmanship - John Kerry, Washington Post

The United States supported a credible, transparent and inclusive electoral process without favoring any particular candidate. It was precisely because of our clear neutrality and ...

Afghan Leaders Must Grasp Chance for a New Start - SCMP

The stage is now set for an important milestone: the first peaceful transfer of power. With an array of challenges, though, bringing stability to the violence-racked nation is as m...

10 Priorities for New Afghan President - Tamim Asey, The Diplomat

The new Afghan government is inheriting a stagnant economy and an empty treasury with a society divided along ethnic and political lines. The new president will face an enormous ta...

Democracy Dies in Afghanistan - Helena Malikyar, Al Jazeera

The live televised signing of the political deal, perhaps consciously scheduled on International Peace Day, simultaneously prompted sighs of respite and despondency. Then again, co...

New Afghan Government Isn't Ideal, but It Can Work - The Guardian

Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah have done a deal, now they have to work together....

A Shaky Step Forward in Afghanistan - New York Times

Afghans got a new president on Sunday, following a bitter fight over the fraud-plagued runoff election on June 14. The outcome was a brokered political accommodation that was far f...

Afghanistan: the Vote With no Result - Scott Smith, Weekly Standard

With the announcement in Kabul of a power-sharing government between the two presidential candidates, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, the Afghan election comes closer to a reso...

Afghanistan and Pakistan Must Overcome Distrust - Dawn

Immediate political situations in both countries aside, there is a bigger problem here: joined at the hip as they may be, neither Pakistan nor Afghanistan has figured out quite how...

The Double-Edged Sword of Islamist Militancy - S. Chubin, The Daily Star

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....

Kerry Can Break Afghan Stalemate - Bloomberg

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...

A CEO for Afghanistan - J. Hudson, Y. Dreazen, FP

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...

Rise of ISIS Shows Folly of Afghanistan - Patrick Knapp, The Diplomat

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...

Ukraine Should Fight Like the Taliban - Andrew Peek, Fiscal Times

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...

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...

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Taliban ambush in northern Afghanis

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