Afghanistan

جمهوری اسلامی افغانستان

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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 ...(full article)

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....(full article)

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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...

Bowe Bergdahl: Free Him, Then Try Him - Charles Krauthammer, NRO

The swap itself remains, nonetheless, a very close call. I would fully respect a president who rejected the deal as simply too unbalanced. What is impossible to respect is a presid...

Obama's Real Error: Not Talking to Taliban Enough - P. Beinart, Atlantic

There are three kinds of critiques of Barack Obama’s foreign policy. The first comes from the left, from commentators like Glenn Greenwald who claim Obama has embraced the archit...

Obama's Horse-Trading May Backfire - Con Coughlin, Daily Telegraph

In a country where the military’s “no man left behind” dogma strikes a deep chord, Barack Obama no doubt believed that, by striking a deal with the Taliban &ndash...

The Rush to Demonize Bowe Bergdahl - New York Times

Hypocrisy now pervades the Republican Party and the conservative movement, and has even infected several fearful Democrats. When they could use Sergeant Bergdahl’s captivity ...

Obama Covers Bergdahl Mistakes by Blaming Critics - Wash Examiner

President Obama must have expected universal rejoicing over his decision to trade five of the most senior and dangerous Taliban officials held for years at Guantanamo for the freed...

Obama's Dishonorable Taliban Deal - Peter Wehner, Commentary

The president, in my estimation, has rendered a great service to our enemies, and they know it. (Mullah Omar, the head of the Taliban, hailed the release of the top five Taliban co...

5 Points Critics of Taliban Swap Are Missing - Steve Saideman, Globe & Mail

The latest controversy in U.S. politics is over the trade of five Guantanamo detainees for one American soldier – Bowe Bergdahl. The strange thing about this is how ordinary ...

Obama Struck a Good Deal with the Taliban - Bloomberg View

Critics of the decision to swap Taliban captive Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban commanders held at Guantanamo Bay accuse President Barack Obama and his officials of violati...

Why Obama's Prisoner Swap Is a Big Deal - Fred Kaplan, Slate

America negotiates with terrorists. These were not terrorists. And this could be the start of something big....

We Have the Wrong Afghan Friends - Anand Gopal, New York Times

Bear in mind that Azizullah is not a member of the Afghan army. He does not work for the Afghan National Police. He is not, in fact, under the authority of the Afghan government at...

Emptiness at West Point - Charles Krauthammer, National Review

Is this how a great nation decides matters of war and peace — to help one party and polish the reputation of one man? As with the West Point speech itself, as with the president...

Imagining President McCain's Foreign Policy - Timothy Egan, NY Times

The map of McCain’s wars is worth considering as a what-if had the would-be vice president Sarah Palin and her running mate in 2008 prevailed. McCain continues to play quick-draw...

A Time-Limited Foreign Policy - David Ignatius, Washington Post

President Obama's measured defense of his foreign policy at West Point on Wednesday made many cogent points to rebut critics. Unfortunately, the speech also showed that he hasn't d...

The U.S. Is Still Trapped in Afghanistan - New York Times

Obama's pledge to wind down the war won't be fulfilled until he is almost out of office....

Obama's Afghan Drawdown Is Reckless - USA Today

There is a difference between an ending that falls short of total victory and one that comes with a very high risk of defeat, as this plan does. By committing to withdraw a specifi...

America's 'Might and Right' Foreign Policy - President Barack Obama

I believe that a world of greater freedom and tolerance is not only a moral imperative; it also helps keep us safe. But to say that we have an interest in pursuing peace and freed...

Obama's Split-the-Difference Foreign Policy - Max Boot, Commentary

Ever since Osama bin Laden’s demise in 2011, President Obama’s foreign policy has been moving in a dovish direction which, to the rest of the world, has looked a lot like an ...

Why Obama Is Leaving 10,000 in Afghanistan - Michael Crowley, Time

By choosing to leave almost 10,000 troops in Afghanistan after the formal end of American combat operations later this year, President Barack Obama made a choice between two imp...

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