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Hamdullah Mohib, Afghanistan's then newly appointed national security advisor, attends a ceremony in Kabul in 2018.

Former Afghan Advisor: Biden’s Withdrawal Was the ‘Tipping Point’ for Afghanistan

Hamdullah Mohib, former Afghan national security advisor, spoke about what went wrong, who’s to blame, and what lies in store for his country.

Fiona Hill arrives to testify as part of the Trump impeachment inquiry

Fiona Hill: U.S. Is ‘Canary in the Coal Mine’ of Democratic Decline

Trump’s former top Russia official talks to Foreign Policy about the former president, the economic dislocation fueling his brand of populism, and why America needs to get its act together.

Taliban members stand guard inside a prison cell.

As Afghanistan Nears Collapse, Taliban ‘Between a Rock and a Hard Place’

The country’s former intelligence chief said the Taliban are torn between placating their foot soldiers and meeting Afghans’ and the international community’s expectations.

Jennifer Klein speaks at the White House.

Jennifer Klein on the U.S.’s ‘First Ever’ National Gender Strategy

“We want it to be aspirational,” said co-chair of U.S. President Joe Biden’s policy council.

Philippe Étienne in 2014

French Ambassador on AUKUS: ‘Every Crisis Is an Opportunity’

Philippe Etienne spoke about the controversial sub deal, his recall to Paris, and a new way forward for U.S.-French relations.

Taliban fighters on a pickup truck in Kabul.

Pakistan’s Ambassador to Kabul: ‘Engagement Has to Continue’ With Taliban Government

Mansoor Ahmad Khan tells FP that Afghanistan is more stable now, and he denies any Pakistani support for the militant group.

Australia's then-outgoing Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks at a press conference in Canberra on August 24, 2018.

Turnbull: AUKUS Subs Deal Is an ‘Own Goal’

“If you double-cross people, there is a price to pay,” said former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull about the controversial deal that jilted France.

Qatari assistant foreign minister Lolwah Rashid al-Khater

Qatari Diplomat: ‘There’s a Serious Need for Engagement’ With the Taliban

Qatar’s assistant foreign minister discussed the Taliban, the need for a clear road map, and Afghanistan’s uncertain future.

The brother of Ezmarai Ahmadi, a civilian wrongly identified as an Islamic State militant and killed in a U.S. drone strike, stands next to the wreckage of a vehicle that was damaged in the strike in the Kwaja Burga neighborhood of Kabul on Sept. 18.

‘The Question Not Being Discussed Is Whether the War Is Just or Necessary’

In a new book, a Yale historian argues that Washington is setting a dangerous international precedent for permanent war.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a press conference.

NATO Chief on Afghan Legacy: ‘Have To Ask Some Difficult Questions’

Jens Stoltenberg weighs in on AUKUS, Zapad, and the fate of Afghanistan after 20 years of bitter toil.

Zalmay Khalilzad, special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, speaks.

Zalmay Khalilzad: ‘I Will Reflect’ on What U.S. Could Have Done Differently

America’s man in Afghanistan reflects on Trump’s ill-fated peace deal, the pullout, and how everything went wrong.

Afghan men wave a flag above the portrait of late Afghan commander Ahmad Shah Massoud.

Ahmad Massoud: ‘Peace Does Not Mean to Surrender’

The leader of the Afghan anti-Taliban resistance vows to battle in the encircled Panjshir Valley to keep alive his father’s dream.

Ismail Khan, the leader of Herat's militia, gives orders to his forces during a clash with the Taliban inside Herat city, Afghanistan, on Aug. 2.

‘The Taliban Have Not and Will Not Ever Change’

Ismail Khan, fabled warlord and former governor, is back again on the front lines to fend off the Taliban advance.

A woman waits to see a doctor in Afghanistan.

A Taliban Victory Would Be ‘The Return of a Dark Age for Afghanistan’

Shukria Barakzai, a prominent women’s rights advocate and former politician, shares her thoughts on the U.S. withdrawal and Afghanistan’s uncertain future.

Afghan militia gather with their weapons to support Afghanistan security forces.

‘It Will Not Be Just a Civil War’

Afghanistan’s foreign minister on what may await his country after the U.S. withdrawal.

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