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Afghanistan’s “Transformation Decade” Depends on the Taliban’s Foot Soldiers

Afghanistan’s “Transformation Decade” Depends on the Taliban’s Foot Soldiers

The Transformation Decade in Afghanistan won’t transform much if the motivations for the Taliban’s foot soldiers aren’t understood, or curtailed.

It’s Complicated: The Relationship Between Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Taliban

It’s Complicated: The Relationship Between Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Taliban

How will these complex relations impact peace negotiations and a lasting solution?

Toilets First, Temples Later: Modi’s Promising Act

Toilets First, Temples Later: Modi’s Promising Act

Modi was molded by Hindutva, but he mobilized a national campaign on reviving India's economy, not religion. Can he deliver on his promise? Are these two on a collision course?

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Daily Brief: Pakistan Issues Warrants Over Polio Vaccination Refusals...

Event notice: “Asia’s Unsung Female Leaders,” Today, 12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. (New America) Pakistan Pakistani officials issue warrants over polio vaccination refusals In an ...

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The Clash between Strategy and Implementation

Prior to 9/11, while sipping drinks in the home of a dear friend, a colleague of Pakistan’s President Asif Zardari’s family in one of Karachi’s ...

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The Great Wall of AfPak

To say that China is a strategic ally of Pakistan would be an understatement. In 1950, Pakistan was one of the first countries to recognize ...

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If You Love Something, Set It Free

The compound where Hamid Karzai is spending his post-presidency abuts the wall of the Presidential Palace, where he lived when he led Afghanistan for 13 ...

Afghan Continue to Flee Kabul as U.S. Strikes
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Struggling to Survive in Afghanistan

When I met Golpari, a sun-baked, craggy woman from Helmand, she strode confidently into the one-room mud brick house, dragging her ten-year-old daughter Nazdana by ...

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The Ultimate AfPak Reading List

What follows is the Ultimate AfPak Reading List -- an amalgamation of syllabi from classes I've taught at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard ...


The Shelf

The Shelf is a collection of the reviews of books relevant to Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and the region that have been commissioned by the South ...

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Protesting Against Terrorism in Pakistan

Silent majority or threatened minority? Pakistan’s progressives are angry. Finally, it shows, and they are being arrested for it. Civil society protests demanding meaningful government ...

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Ten Recommendations for Obama’s CVE Summit

In light of recent attacks in Ottawa, Sydney, Paris -- and now Copenhagen -- President Obama announced a White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) that begins ...

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Five of Karzai’s Mistakes Ghani Can Avoid

Afghanistan’s National Unity Government (NUG) provides new hope for Afghans, as it offers an opportunity to restructure the political, social, and economic foundations of the ...

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Is There an Islamic State of AfPak?

On Feb. 9, Afghan officials killed Abdul Rauf Khadim, the former Afghan Taliban commander and deputy chief of the Islamic State (IS) of Khorasan, AfPak’s ...

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The Looming Specter of Daesh in Afghanistan

Since the beginning of this year, increasing reports about fighters operating inside Afghanistan under the black banner of Daesh, the Arabic acronym of the self-declared ...

Rally in Pakistan
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Capture the Flag in Afghanistan

It appears the Islamic State’s territorial motivations extend well beyond Syria and Iraq, as recent reports reveal the organization’s recruitment and expansion efforts in southern ...

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Pakistan’s IDP Problem

On June 15, 2014, as the Pakistan military moved into the North Waziristan Agency of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), thousands of families were ...

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Law and (Military) Order

“Pakistan votes to let insurgents be tried in military courts” -- what is wrong with this picture? In an unprecedented abdication of civilian authority to ...

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And the War Goes On

Two months ago, Tajwar, a wrinkled, chador-wrapped woman from the mountainous, impoverished Afghan province of Ghor, was widowed. Her husband, a cook, was killed when he ...

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The South Asia Channel, a collaboration with the New America Foundation and Johns Hopkins SAIS, features deep analysis of issues concerning Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan, and covers everything from politics to business to culture.

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