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Ghani’s Pivot Away From Pakistan

Reaching out to India may bring immediate benefits for Afghanistan, but will weakening ties with Pakistan be the cost?

The South Asia Channel

In Nangarhar, IS Recruits

IS recruits in Afghanistan’s weak border province, but can they avoid the long-standing mistrust and shifting loyalties that characterize the Af-Pak border?


Did the Pentagon Cook the Books on Its Afghanistan Intel?

The military has been accused of fudging the numbers in the fight against the Islamic State. Congress wants to know if it did with the Taliban too.  

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Happy to be Moving in the Wrong Direction

A new poll found that few Afghans believe their country is headed in the right direction yet at the same time they reported being happy with their lives.


Dumb Wars

A tragedy in three acts.

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Afghanistan’s Broken Electoral System

Months late, Afghanistan's Electoral Reform Commission has submitted proposals that aim to end the government gridlock. But are the recommendations too ambitious?


U.S. Chases New Role in Central Asia Against Mounting Security Concerns

Despite talk to avoid a "Great Game" in Central Asia, Washington is still walking a tightrope between Russia and China in the region.

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