Stefano Pontecorvo spent his childhood in Kabul. Sixty years later, he coordinated the evacuation of 124,000 people before saying goodbye to the city himself.
America’s man in Afghanistan reflects on Trump’s ill-fated peace deal, the pullout, and how everything went wrong.
A government of mullahs and terrorists snuffs out freedoms despite talk of inclusion and human rights.
The United States has leverage over the new Afghan government. Here’s how to use it.
The risk of a terrorist resurgence comes primarily from the Taliban’s Islamic State rivals.
Experience in cooperating in Central Asia offers a fruitful model.
Expect a recalibration of the relationship by both sides now the Taliban are in power.
Legislation passed in the wake of the Vietnam War could provide a blueprint for today’s policymakers.
The chaotic U.S. withdrawal has already led thousands of Afghans to flee.
The Biden administration should maximize diplomacy and prioritize support for front-line organizations.
“All the women of Afghanistan have one fear, the Taliban,” said former deputy defense minister Munera Yousufzada.
Six Afghan women describe their feelings of fear, anger, and betrayal in the wake of America’s departure.
Many are fleeing or in hiding. Women, some locked out of their outlets, are in particular danger.
Republican lawmakers grilled Biden’s top diplomat over the end to the United States’ Afghan war.
The Taliban’s takeover in Kabul has all the makings of a Pyrrhic victory.
The extremist group seeks to destabilize South and Central Asia.
The United States should have ignored sunk costs in Afghanistan and maintained a light military footprint.
Making concessions now will only encourage terrorism.
The lone superpower inadvertently taught the rest of the world how to fight it—and win.
Chants of “Freedom” and “Death to Taliban” rang out in Kabul and other Afghan cities.
As many banks are forced to close, an informal network of money exchangers provides an indispensable service.
The Islamic State-Khorasan has come to represent a greater threat to the persecuted minority.
A month ago, the United Nations was pulling its staff out of Afghanistan. Now, it’s headed back in to avert a major humanitarian crisis.
The agency has a long history of extracting people from danger zones.
Engaging with a Taliban government will be painful. Washington will have to do it anyway.
But doubts remain whether he can cut his own path in the Middle East.
Meanwhile, Pakistan urges Washington to pump the breaks on sanctioning the Taliban.
When a scam falls apart, it collapses fast.
Many former officials expect U.S. intelligence to dry up.
After 20 years of building up Afghanistan, can the United States really cut the country off now?
The United States can no longer claim to be the leader of the free world if it abandons strategic allies and vulnerable civilians.
There’s little expectation the Taliban will make it easy to leave.
The failure of the Afghan army is a reminder that Pentagon-led security cooperation programs are more expensive and less effective than those led by spies.
More than a hundred American citizens remain in the Taliban-controlled country.
The leader of the Afghan anti-Taliban resistance vows to battle in the encircled Panjshir Valley to keep alive his father’s dream.
Five basic strategies from investment analysis apply to war and diplomacy too.
Afghanistan shows that the American left is in danger of losing the moral plot.
Zaki Anwari represented what a free Afghanistan could achieve. His gruesome death is a vivid reminder of the human toll of U.S. abandonment.
Leaving Afghanistan will not stop terrorism or leave the threats the United States faces behind.
A faction of the new Afghan government is extraordinarily close to al Qaeda and other terror groups—including the Islamic State.
Withdrawal was always bound to be chaotic, but wishful thinking, poor planning, and glacial bureaucracies have made a difficult situation worse.
A U.S. veteran of Afghan heritage reflects on a complicated relationship between two far-apart nations.
The geostrategic and economic benefits of closer relations are too great for Beijing to ignore.
The country is too chaotic for Beijing to exploit economically.
As the chances of evacuation dwindle, the West owes Afghans a chance at surviving in their own country.
The anger is real—but anguished humanitarianism is just part of it.
The terror group behind the Kabul attacks has close ties to the Haqqani network.
After the deadly Kabul attack, the CIA pins its hopes on an unconventional counterterrorism strategy.
Why the tech giant is on the wrong side of history yet again.
U.S. officials had repeatedly warned of threats from the Islamic State’s branch in Afghanistan this week.
Administration remains focused on evacuation efforts for now.
Washington needs to give a visible sign of Indo-Pacific commitment.
The Taliban are intent on driving out the very people they need to make the country governable.
If the United States fails to understand its mistakes, it will continue to repeat them.
Early indications suggest Afghanistan will be led by a 12-man council of criminals, terrorists, and the more pliant members of the former government.
The fall of Kabul is a crisis of competence, not credibility, for U.S. power in Asia.
Retired British Gen. Richard Barrons warns that the United Kingdom and European Union can no longer simply rely on the United States for their security.
What an ancient citadel can teach us about Afghanistan’s past—and its potential future.
The withdrawal has been tragic—but it hasn’t been a strategic disaster.
The group faces a more powerful Taliban than ever, but public discontent could fuel the resistance.
The U.S. president’s refusal to acknowledge error has dismayed supporters and European allies.
Veterans mobilize online to help Afghans fleeing the Taliban.
A series of snags have kept planes stuck on Kabul’s tarmac.
The main lesson from the failed intervention in Afghanistan is about the dangers of self-delusion. Will anyone learn it?
The factors that led to the country’s collapse find many parallels in Latin America.
From Kabul to Kolkata, South Asian heirs of partition can draw inspiration from their history to chart a sustainable future.
Along one part of the Turkish border, hundreds of new Afghan migrants show up every day.
Why the special immigration system is broken.
With the withdrawal completed, Washington’s strategic shift can commence.
Islamabad cheered the fall of Kabul, but the new Afghan regime will embolden domestic terrorist groups that could threaten the Pakistani state.
Each has bipartisan support and could be taken in short order.
Thousands of Americans and Afghans are still stranded in what lawmakers are calling a fiasco.
The gap between the group’s international leadership and its rank-and-file fighters has never been wider.
Envoy says Washington and Islamabad now have a common interest in stopping the Taliban from exporting violence.
The fall of Kabul accelerates a fundamental realignment that was already underway.
Russia signals an openness to working with the Taliban.
The fall of Afghanistan reveals hard truths about U.S. human rights talks.
The Taliban pledge an orderly transition, but many residents are bracing for retribution.
Beijing wants stability. That could serve some U.S. ends.
At minimum, Biden owed our allies in Afghanistan a plan.
For two decades, contractors provided key maintenance and military support.
Washington ignored Islamabad funding and supplying the Taliban. Now Afghans are paying the price.
Tightly bound kinship networks aren’t vestiges of the past. They’re a modern—and effective—form of political organization.
The president is taking flak from all sides, but the timing of the Taliban takeover could minimize the political damage.
In a new chapter for Afghanistan, women are particularly vulnerable.
The United States evacuates its embassy while diplomats and aid officials brace for a new humanitarian catastrophe.
The Wakhan Corridor is a fiercely contested imperial hangover.
The Taliban’s rapid advance leaves only Kabul left to take, and Western powers don’t want to be there when it happens.
The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan should continue. But a new military engagement should begin.
Ten provincial capitals have fallen in a week, and Kabul is teetering.
Six more Afghan provinces fell over the weekend, and Kabul fears the “country will fall apart.”
Deborah Lyons cites Syria and Sarajevo in her warnings of what could come as the Taliban turn their guns toward Afghanistan’s cities.
The United States is banking on Islamabad to broker successful peace talks with the Taliban. That’s not likely to happen.
Killings by militiamen in Herat underscore the risks of relying on armed civilians to fight off the Taliban.
The last 20 years saw a renaissance in the Afghan media landscape. Now, it’s crumbling.
Ismail Khan, fabled warlord and former governor, is back again on the front lines to fend off the Taliban advance.
Key cities including Herat and Kandahar could be the next to fall as Afghanistan’s nightmare continues.
With ethnic warlords reviving their militias, the Afghan war—even without the U.S. military—is more balanced than it seems.
Shukria Barakzai, a prominent women’s rights advocate and former politician, shares her thoughts on the U.S. withdrawal and Afghanistan’s uncertain future.
The United States’ longtime partners in northern Iraq are watching Afghanistan go to pieces after the U.S. pullout with “wishful thinking.”
As Blinken heads to New Delhi, he could find some surprising common ground on Afghanistan.
Intelligence assets who worked for the CIA now face deadly reprisals.
Bamiyan, home to the Taliban-wrecked Buddhas, might be the start of Afghanistan’s pushback against the insurgents.
Beijing has its eyes set on using Afghanistan as a strategic corridor once U.S. troops are out of the way.
Since the war began, America has had one lens for Central Asia. What happens now?
The European allies that fought alongside the United States will face the fallout as thousands of refugees flee the Taliban, giving fodder to far-right parties.
After decades of supporting the Afghan government, New Delhi is planning for its potential fall.
Afghanistan’s foreign minister on what may await his country after the U.S. withdrawal.
The president said this withdrawal will be nothing like what happened in 1975, but there are some striking parallels.
How to make sense of Washington’s longest war ever.
As U.S. focus moves elsewhere, regional powers are closely watching Afghanistan’s fate.
Afghanistan will get an injection of contractor support and planes for its beleaguered Air Force.
With the Taliban insurgency expanding, the U.S. withdrawal could provoke a major humanitarian crisis.
The United States vowed to destroy the Taliban. Today, they are stronger than ever. But will that last?
As Afghan forces melt away, local armed groups are left to hold the line against the Taliban.
The shift comes as the White House seeks to downgrade the threat of global terrorism after 20 years of “forever wars.”
Biden to boost aid to Kabul as the militants capture more territory.
Afghan interpreters who worked with the U.S. military clamor for U.S. visas to escape Taliban retribution.
To stop the Taliban’s advance and his government’s collapse, the Afghan leader must check his hubris at the White House door.
With the situation in Afghanistan rapidly deteriorating, expect the mood to be grim when Ghani and Abdullah meet Biden.
No, a complete withdrawal will not ease the U.S. pivot to China.
The government’s radio silence is handing a propaganda victory to the insurgents.
Ankara is well positioned to play key roles after the U.S. withdrawal.
Future U.S. partners will have to “think twice” about helping the Pentagon if Biden isn’t able to grant visas to Afghan interpreters, lawmakers said.
Ambitious post-withdrawal hopes can’t be achieved without bases nearby.
Women’s representation is critical to lasting peace, but they are losing ground at the negotiating table.
The one advantage the Afghan army had on the Taliban looks set to slip away with the hasty U.S. withdrawal.
Biden’s pledge to maintain U.S. capacity in Afghanistan without boots on the ground appears easier said than done.
The militant group’s spokesman vows to “continue our war” until Afghanistan has an Islamic government.
The government dithered and denied the pandemic’s severity. Now, a health disaster looms.
Afghan interpreters were promised U.S. visas. Now, red tape may cost them their lives.
Washington hopes to reduce spiraling Taliban violence, but it is losing its most potent leverage: troop presence.
A new U.S. intelligence assessment suggests women’s rights in Afghanistan face threats even without a Taliban takeover.
Four decades of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan have left South Asia transformed—and on the cusp of a realignment.
To reach a gender-conscious peace deal with the Taliban, Afghan negotiators need more time—and U.S. support.
France’s withdrawal shows sometimes the costs of maintaining the status quo are higher than the costs of a drastic policy change.
Penalties for broken contracts, fees for shipping equipment, and salaries for the Afghan military are just a few of the costs that will hit the United States as it leaves.
Five decades ago, before the great powers intervened, Afghanistan was on a much better path than today. But the longed-for “decade of democracy” was soon shattered.
Roya Rahmani says the Taliban have no justification for continuing their war after the departure of international troops.
The Pentagon is going to need more firepower to pull out U.S. troops.
With the United States departing, New Delhi is seeking new ways to project influence.
In Logar province, just outside of Kabul, fear of a Taliban takeover rises.
Here’s how the Biden administration can prevent chaos in Afghanistan, even after it withdraws.
A full withdrawal from Afghanistan is a costly blunder and failure of leadership.
The United States’ withdrawal may be a balm domestically. It’s anything but for those that lived through the horror.
After 9/11, Biden embraced the idea that U.S. troops should leave the country better than how they found it. Now, as president, he’s withdrawing them regardless.
But will he really end the United States’ other open-ended conflicts?
After making the right call on withdrawal, the U.S. president better get ready for second-guessing.
As the United States leaves Afghanistan, the question of troops in the Middle East to support the Afghan mission looms large.
Biden’s withdrawal announcement is meant to end a 20-year war, but Washington has been dragged back into conflicts before.
After the U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan, its rivalry with China is likely to define the new administration’s approach to the region.
Biden administration officials have said U.S. troops are leaving the battlefield in Afghanistan, but the U.S. aid spigot won’t end.
The United States hadn’t accomplished its goals in 20 years. The next few weren’t going to make much of a difference.
Pulling out all U.S. troops is the administration’s risky plan to pressure Kabul and the Taliban to make peace.
With troops to depart on Sept. 11, the next five months are critical for any chance of peace.
The move will finally end the United States’ longest war.
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Washington promised to bring liberal democracy to Kabul. It created a bloated and ineffective sector of artificial NGOs instead.
A middle path, with a greater role for India, is still possible—and preferable to either extreme.
Two decades of progress are threatened by the Taliban return—and a hasty U.S. exit.
Long sidelined by Islamabad, Moscow, and Beijing, New Delhi is finally taking a seat at the table.
There are no good choices, but staying on is the worst.
The U.S. defense secretary, in a surprise visit to Afghanistan, warned that Taliban violence remains “pretty high” as Biden weighs withdrawal.
The United States and Pakistan must work together to secure the country’s future.
Washington’s latest idea of a transitional government would be worse than the dysfunctional status quo.
The Biden administration’s new strategy could put it on a collision course with President Ashraf Ghani.
Washington’s latest proposal would draw on Beijing, Moscow, and Tehran for support.
New details are trickling out about how the United States is preparing to withdraw its troops without leaving chaos behind.
Facing a May 1 deadline to withdraw U.S. troops, the new administration must walk a tightrope toward peace.
The educated middle classes that were meant to be the foundation of a new Afghanistan are tired of terror, insecurity, and the return of the Taliban.
Congress has issued a report on the longest war in U.S. history. Here’s hoping Biden ignores it.
The Soviet withdrawal was a disaster. The U.S. version looks eerily similar.
Even as the United States checks the Taliban, it must stop the Afghan president from playing the spoiler.
Camp Chapman, once the scene of the CIA’s second-deadliest day, was hit again in December—but never reported.
2020 was one of the deadliest years on record for such assassinations, many of which are still unclaimed.
With violence on the rise and the U.S. military drawing down, international donors are pulling back some assistance to Afghanistan. Women in refugee camps stand to suffer.
Politicians and warlords have benefited from decades of violence. The victims of the country’s endless wars could provide the key to a lasting peace.
Terrorist violence and COVID-19 have set maternal health back decades.
The hasty–and unexplained—move drew criticism from Republicans and the head of NATO.
Despite ongoing peace talks, intensifying Taliban attacks on Afghans across the country are out of control—and threaten the country’s future.
Both Biden and Trump have pledged to pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan. But the Taliban have a vote, too.
Peace talks in Afghanistan may come down to an agreement between the Taliban and Kabul on an interim government. Here’s how the sides can avoid the pitfalls of 1992 and 2001.
After the peace deal with the United States, the militant group has doubled down on collecting “taxes” from Afghanistan’s coal miners.
As Afghanistan peace talks drag on, with Washington sending mixed signals on troop withdrawals, the Taliban make a violent bid for a key province.
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New Delhi is set to take on a greater role in Afghanistan’s peace process.
Pompeo's plan to make peace with the resurgent Taliban is a sad reminder of all that went wrong in Afghanistan—and how it could have been otherwise.