Afghanistan News

After Paris, are Paktika and Peshawar Next?

Nov 19, 2015
A number of political and sectarian factors make the likelihood of ISIS expansion into Afghanistan and Pakistan unlikely, but the sinister possibility of a future rapprochement between ISIS and al-Qaeda should not be ruled out completely.

What's Heartening About Protests in Afghanistan Over Minority Beheadings

Nov 16, 2015
Something extraordinary happened in Afghanistan this week—and, for a change, it was heartening, not horrifying.

The good, the bad, and the ugly

Nov 06, 2015
"The statements of both Sharif and Aziz raise legitimate questions about whether and why Pakistani policy in the seemingly intractable Afghan peace process has evolved behind those curtains that keep it in deep shadows," writes William Milam.

Three Points From Charity’s Review of U.S. Airstrike on Afghan Hospital

Nov 05, 2015
Doctors Without Borders has released the initial findings of an internal review of the U.S. airstrike on its hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, last month in which 30 staffers and patients were killed. The harrowing details in the initial report give pause about what the final document might contain. Here are three chief takeaways.

Thinking About American Power: A Primer for the Candidates

Oct 26, 2015
American political campaigns often seem a contest about machismo. The current presidential race is no different. Sounding tough and celebrating American power may make for good politics, but today’s foreign policy realities call for a more nuanced approach to the many challenges the next president will face.

The Next Refugee Crisis: Afghanistan

Oct 21, 2015
"The new surge of refugees began with the Taliban’s offensive this year, and intensified after fighting reached populated areas like Kunduz. Last month, employees at Afghanistan’s passport agency said they were issuing an average of 2,000 passports daily — triple the number of six months ago," writes Michael Kugelman.

9,800 U.S. Troops Won’t Fix Afghanistan. Here’s What They Can Do.

Oct 16, 2015
"Given the resurgent Taliban and an emerging ISIS threat, Afghan forces need all the help they can get. U.S. troops can provide assistance, much as they did in the recovery of Kunduz—an operation that may have had a much less happy ending were it not for U.S. involvement," writes Michael Kugelman.

Obama Halts Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan

Oct 15, 2015
Asia Program Senior Associate Michael Kugelman explains why he thinks President Obama’s decision to halt troop withdrawals from Afghanistan will have a positive impact.

After 14 Years, Still Fighting in Afghanistan

Oct 09, 2015
After 14 years of U.S. military support to Afghanistan, and more reconstruction assistance than was used for the Marshall Plan, how can the Taliban be capable of seizing a major Afghan city? And nearly a year after the official end of the U.S. combat mission, why are American troops still fighting?

Taliban Fighters Take Over City of Kunduz

Sep 30, 2015
Michael Kugelman provides insight into the Taliban’s takeover of the city of Kunduz.