Jul 31, 2015
"We may be seeing in Afghanistan the calm before the storm. If tensions spill over, splinter groups could form and some Taliban members could defect to Islamic State. Should such tumult feed on itself enough, it might even tear the Taliban apart," writes Michael Kugelman.
Jul 29, 2015
Asia Program Senior Associate, Michael Kugelman speaks about the significance of the confirmed death of Taliban Supreme Leader Mullah Omar.
Jul 29, 2015
"Numerous Taliban militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan, unhappy about their leader’s long absence, had already started affirming allegiance to Islamic State," writes Michael Kugelman.
Jul 27, 2015
"After decades of living in a pariah nation, Iranians seem to crave normalcy—but on their own terms. Figuring out their relationship with the outside world is a big part of the transition," writes Robin Wright.
Jul 20, 2015
"If there is one group in the Middle East that has managed to bloody ISIS seriously, it has been the Syrian Kurds. Therefore, ISIS has an incentive in hurting the Kurds wherever they are, whether it is in Turkey or in Syria," says Henri Barkey in this interview on CNN.
Jul 18, 2015
"In the agreement announced this week, the Obama administration got what it needed. Iran, however, got what it wanted—and secured the better deal," writes Aaron David Miller.
Jul 17, 2015
"Online, we move too slowly and know too little to combat this generation of Web-native jihadists. We’ve failed to mobilize tech and messaging talent to counter the Islamic State on social media," writes Jane Harman.
Jul 09, 2015
"Pakistan’s energy crisis is rooted in such a complex and interrelated web of causes (including but not limited to crushing sectoral debt, gross mismanagement, and dysfunctional institutions) that there is little consensus on what needs to be done and how," writes Michael Kugelman.
Jun 25, 2015
"Obama couldn't and would never say it, but he probably was thinking it: The best way to avoid being taken hostage is to avoid putting yourself in these danger zones to begin with. Americans have to take responsibility for the personal choices they make in these danger zones," writes Aaron David Miller.
Jun 18, 2015
"The deal may succeed in slowing Iran’s nuclear program. But sooner or later, some future U.S. President is bound to confront a richer, stronger, more influential Iran, one with nuclear weapons still within its reach," writes Aaron David Miller.