Afghanistan News

UN—Not U.S.—Should Take Lead on Talks to Stabilize Afghanistan

Feb 28, 2012
The UN—not the U.S.—is better-suited to manage regional talks on Afghanistan, since important parties like Russia, Iran, and Pakistan view it as a more neutral broker, Wilson Center expert Dennis Kux says. The UN should appoint a special representative to coordinate talks.

"Quran burning in Kabul? What it's like for an expat in Afghanistan"

Feb 27, 2012
During a lockdown, if you try to walk across the street to buy bread, your compound guards will not only deny you exit, they’ll reprimand you for being outside at all. It's all part of living in Kabul, former Wilson Center research assistant Matt Trevithick writes.

Edging toward an Endgame in Afghanistan?

Oct 27, 2011
On this month’s ten-year anniversary of U.S. military engagement in Afghanistan, Michael Kugelman of the Asia Program offers an analysis of the conflicting forces that are challenging the regional peace process and discusses changes in U.S. policy approaches toward Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Jane Harman

Escalating Violence in Afghanistan

Sep 21, 2011
Jane Harman discusses the situation in the Middle East and Afghanistan on the eve of the UN General Assembly with Fox News's Jenna Lee.

Pakistan and 9/11

Sep 14, 2011
On the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, program director Robert M. Hathaway, program associate Michael Kugelman, and former Pakistan Scholar Riaz Mohammad Khan published separate op-eds in the Pakistani media.
Robert Hathaway

Who's Winning the War of Ideas in the Post-9/11 World?

Sep 09, 2011
Who is "winning hearts and minds" after 9/11, and what will the future bring for U.S.-Pakistan relations? Asia Program Director Robert Hathaway answers these questions and more as we observe the 10th anniversary of the attack on America.
Afghan Security Guard Overlooking a Town

Afghanistan's Uncertain Future

Sep 02, 2011
There are pockets of relative progress in Afghanistan, but they exist among a sea of serious instability and violence that makes the country's future look very uncertain, says Rajiv Chandrasekaran on NPR's Talk of the Nation.

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