Afghanistan News

When Barry Met Hamid

Feb 18, 2014
Christina Lamb, one of Britain’s leading foreign correspondents and a Wilson Center Global Fellow, warns that Afghan President Hamid Karzai is “playing straight into the hands” of those who favor the complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. But Washington is also to blame for deplorable ties between Afghanistan and the United States.

Five Resolutions for U.S. South Asia Policy in 2014

Jan 17, 2014
Here are five New Year's resolutions that, if upheld, can help inch the region just a bit closer to the stability that's long eluded it.

Afghanistan Stability: a Pipe Dream?

Jan 13, 2014
"The stabilizing role of a post-2014 force - and its overall utility - would be modest at best," writes Michael Kugelman. "Afghanistan's future will largely be determined by domestic political considerations in South Asia that the U.S. has little ability - or desire - to influence."

Recent Books by Asia Program Scholars and Staff

Dec 17, 2013
Asia Program scholars and staff have produced a bumper crop of new books over the past two years. Our ten most recent publications cover the broad expanse of Asia with a wide variety of focuses.

'Zero Option' the Right One in Afghanistan

Jul 11, 2013
U.S. President Barack Obama is seriously considering the possibility of removing every U.S. soldier from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. It would be the right decision, Michael Kugelman writes on CNN.com.

Tragedy in Afghanistan, Farce in Qatar

Jul 10, 2013
Senior program associate Michael Kugelman laments the sad state of the war in Afghanistan--and the efforts to negotiate and end to it.

Dialogue @ the Wilson Center Wins Two Telly Awards

May 16, 2013
Dialogue at the Wilson Center is the recipient of two 2013 Telly Awards for the episode “Women and the Arab Spring,” featuring Haleh Esfandiari, Hanin Ghaddar, and Yassmine El Sayed Hani and for the episode “Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan,” featuring Rajiv Chandrasekaran.

Michael Kugelman's Thoughts on Afghanistan in Foreign Policy and the Washington Post

Jan 14, 2013
Mineral wealth can bring great prosperity to Afghanistan, argues senior program associate Michael Kugelman in a Washington Post video clip. In a new Foreign Policy piece, he ranks mineral wealth as one of Afghanistan's four most important concerns.

The 5 Most Important Questions About Afghanistan

Jan 10, 2013
This week's talks between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and U.S. President Barack Obama contain an ambitious agenda including a new bilateral security agreement, U.S. troop levels after 2014, and peace talks to end America's longest war. However, there's much more that requires discussion, including some delicate matters that both sides may be reluctant to tackle. Here are the five most important questions the two leaders should consider during Karzai's time in Washington according to expert Michael Kugelman in this Foreign Policy article.

Pakistan Scholar Simbal Khan Weighs in on U.S.-Pakistan Relationship

Dec 19, 2012
The Wilson Center's Pakistan Scholar offers insights about the U.S.-Pakistan relationship as President Obama prepares for his second term.

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