What happens after the forever war ends?
Why the Taliban Still Love Suicide Bombing
The group is normalizing death and despair in the Islamic Emirate.
U.N., World Bank Under Pressure to Offer Aid to Afghanistan
The existing sanctions regime on Taliban leaders makes it hard for the world to help the Afghan people.
Afghan Refugees Get Cold Welcome in Pakistan
The Taliban takeover has pushed many Afghans over the border and into another kind of limbo.
Taliban Splintered by Internal Divisions, External Spoilers
Pakistan said to be supporting alternative jihadi groups to undermine the Taliban and maintain leverage over Afghanistan.
The Taliban Don’t Need the West
Afghanistan’s new rulers have shown themselves to be skilled—and ruthless—diplomats.
The Taliban’s Sharia Is the Most Brutal of All
The Afghan government is imposing punishments that have no comparison elsewhere in the Islamic world.
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.
Afghanistan Is No Treasure Trove for China
The country’s mineral wealth remains largely theoretical.
Afghanistan Is a Bigger Headache for Tehran Than It Is Letting On
Iran cheered the U.S. withdrawal but is nervously hedging its bets with the Taliban.
Pakistan’s Friendship With the Taliban Is Changing
Expect a recalibration of the relationship by both sides now the Taliban are in power.
Will Afghan Refugees Stranded in Southeast Asia Be Resettled?
After the fall of Kabul, some countries are opening their doors. Afghans who have been stuck in Malaysia and Indonesia for years are hoping that they will not be forgotten.
The United States Needs an Afghan Refugee Resettlement Act
Legislation passed in the wake of the Vietnam War could provide a blueprint for today’s policymakers.
Biden Sparked a Refugee Crisis. He Must Help Europe Bear the Cost.
The chaotic U.S. withdrawal has already led thousands of Afghans to flee.
How to Avoid Humanitarian Catastrophe in Afghanistan
The Biden administration should maximize diplomacy and prioritize support for front-line organizations.
Women in Afghanistan
School’s Out in the Taliban’s Afghanistan
The Taliban say modern education is of no use as the country heads toward economic meltdown and starvation.
The Tragic Fate of Afghanistan’s Journalists
Many are fleeing or in hiding. Women, some locked out of their outlets, are in particular danger.
‘They Left Us to the Taliban’
Six Afghan women describe their feelings of fear, anger, and betrayal in the wake of America’s departure.
In Taliban’s New Afghan Emirate, Women Are Invisible
“All the women of Afghanistan have one fear, the Taliban,” said former deputy defense minister Munera Yousufzada.
House Republicans Subpoena Blinken for Key Afghan Dissent Cable
The congressional grilling of the Biden administration over the Afghanistan fiasco is just getting started.
Bill That Would Provide Lifeline to Afghan Refugees Blocked in Congress
The Afghan Adjustment Act didn’t make it into the final major spending bill, leaving refugees in limbo.
New Congressional Report: U.S.-Trained Afghan Special Forces Forced to Flee to Iran
They could divulge sensitive U.S. military training and intelligence to Tehran, a U.S. lawmaker warns.
Taliban Struggle to Maintain Unity Six Months Into Their Reign
“People don’t trust us yet, but we’re working on it,” one Taliban commander said.
Why China Is Slow-Rolling Taliban Cooperation
China’s calculated approach is driven by a deep mistrust that goes back decades.
Afghanistan’s Diplomats Refuse to Represent a Terrorist Group
Some are working on resistance. Others, consular services. And all of them must figure out how to keep their embassy’s lights on.
State Department Launches Review of Afghan Withdrawal
U.S. ambassador Daniel Smith is tapped to lead a review to understand the lessons of U.S. involvement.
Afghan Insurgents Are a Dead End
Rebuilding U.S. standing requires an end to backing militants abroad.
With Haqqanis at the Helm, the Taliban Will Grow Even More Extreme
The Haqqani network has long been the most lethal and vicious element of the Taliban.
State Department: Thousands of U.S. Residents Still Stuck in Afghanistan
The department hasn’t made the numbers public, but angry lawmakers are running out of patience.
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.
Afghan Crime Wave Adds to Taliban Dystopia
A rash of robbings, kidnappings, and even killings is aggravating Afghanistan’s dire situation.
Foreign Aid Won’t Moderate the Taliban
International assistance isn’t the political lever many hope it will be.
Don’t Blame Khalilzad for the Afghanistan Debacle
Zalmay Khalilzad achieved what he was asked to do: Get the United States out of Afghanistan.
It’s Not Too Late to Save America’s Afghan Allies
Here are three steps the Biden administration can take today.
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.
Afghanistan’s Economic Freefall
Without urgent assistance, nearly the entire country could sink into poverty, the United Nations Development Program warns.
Don’t Arm the Afghan Resistance
Supporting anti-Taliban fighters will spark a return to civil war, antagonize Pakistan, and draw the United States back into a conflict it sought to put behind it.
Afghanistan Isn’t Good Terrorist Real Estate
Even if the Taliban wanted to serve as a safe haven, there’s no reason to think terrorists would want to take up the offer.
The U.S. Military Needs to Learn How to Train Auxiliary Armies
The Afghan army’s collapse shows American forces are using the wrong approach.
Those Left Behind in Afghanistan
A month after the U.S. withdrawal, Afghans who worked for the U.S. war effort are in hiding. Few see a way out.
Pentagon Leaders Contradict Biden Over Troops in Afghanistan
Lawmakers raked Gen. Milley, Gen. McKenzie, and Defense Secretary Austin over the coals for the chaotic end to the war in Afghanistan.
America Isn’t Ready to Fight the Islamic State in Afghanistan
The jihadi group’s continued rise has left the United States with only bad options.
Afghan Resistance Mulls Formation of Government in Exile
Fighters, politicians, and generals will try to ape the Taliban’s playbook while the extremists sleepwalk into civil war.
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.
The Myth of Moderate Jihadis
The unspoken pact between Washington and anti-Islamic State jihadi groups is a short-sighted move that will reward extremists.
Throw a Lifeline to the Afghans Left Behind
This week’s U.N. General Assembly provides an opportunity to assist the minorities, activists, women, and girls still in Afghanistan.
China and Pakistan See Eye to Eye on the Taliban—Almost
They share economic and geopolitical interests in Afghanistan, but counterterrorism could be a wrench.
How America Forgot It Needed to Understand The Enemy
Social scientists helped win World War II by judging enemy morale. But in Afghanistan, the U.S. kept getting it wrong.
NATO’s Man in Kabul
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.
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.
Blinken Defends Afghanistan Withdrawal in First of Congressional Hearing Marathons
Republican lawmakers grilled Biden’s top diplomat over the end to the United States’ Afghan war.
America’s Money Lost the Afghan War
It’s unclear whether Washington can ever cure its addiction to enabling its allies’ corruption.
China and Russia Have a Shared Playbook for Afghanistan
Experience in cooperating in Central Asia offers a fruitful model.
The Taliban’s Victory Is Al Qaeda’s Victory
Afghanistan’s new rulers still have strong ties to the terrorist group that attacked the United States on 9/11.
Pakistan Might Soon Regret Its Win in Afghanistan
The Taliban’s takeover in Kabul has all the makings of a Pyrrhic victory.
Life Under the Taliban
A few weeks after militants took over Kabul and the country, Afghanistan has gone back to a past it didn’t miss.
Islamic State-Khorasan’s Reach Extends Far Beyond Afghanistan
With a growing digital presence, the extremist group seeks to destabilize South and Central Asia.
In Afghanistan, It’s Back to the Future—of Taliban Tyranny
A government of mullahs and terrorists snuffs out freedoms despite talk of inclusion and human rights.
The Strategic Logic of a Forever War
The United States should have ignored sunk costs in Afghanistan and maintained a light military footprint.
Biden Is Running a Hostage Negotiation With the Taliban
Making concessions now will only encourage terrorism.
How the U.S. Got 9/11 Wrong
The lone superpower inadvertently taught the rest of the world how to fight it—and win.
Afghans Protest After Taliban Claim to Have Crushed Panjshir Resistance
Chants of “Freedom” and “Death to Taliban” rang out in Kabul and other Afghan cities.
Afghanistan’s Money Exchangers Are the Economy’s Last Best Hope
As many banks are forced to close, an informal network of money exchangers provides an indispensable service.
Afghanistan’s Hazaras Get Mixed Messages From the Taliban
The Islamic State-Khorasan has come to represent a greater threat to the persecuted minority.
U.N. Return to Afghanistan: ‘This Is Completely Insane’
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 CIA Secretly Evacuated Most of Its Spies From Afghanistan
The agency has a long history of extracting people from danger zones.
Now America Must Help the Millions of Afghans It Left Behind
Engaging with a Taliban government will be painful. Washington will have to do it anyway.
Macron Uses Biden’s Afghan Retreat to Push ‘Strategic Autonomy’
But doubts remain whether he can cut his own path in the Middle East.
China, Russia Look to Outflank U.S. in Afghanistan
Meanwhile, Pakistan urges Washington to pump the breaks on sanctioning the Taliban.
Afghanistan Was a Ponzi Scheme Sold to the American Public
When a scam falls apart, it collapses fast.
Deadly U.S. Strike Raises Questions Over Collateral Damage in Afghanistan
Many former officials expect U.S. intelligence to dry up.
Biden’s Conundrum: How to Pressure the Taliban Without Hurting Afghans
After 20 years of building up Afghanistan, can the United States really cut the country off now?
America Isn’t Exceptional Anymore
The United States can no longer claim to be the leader of the free world if it abandons strategic allies and vulnerable civilians.
U.S. Troop Pullout Sparks New Urgency for Afghan Evacuations
There’s little expectation the Taliban will make it easy to leave.
The CIA Is Better Than the U.S. Military at Creating Foreign Armies
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.
Can the West Make the Taliban Moderate?
The United States has leverage over the new Afghan government. Here’s how to use it.
The Taliban Can’t Control Afghanistan. That Should Worry the West.
The risk of a terrorist resurgence comes primarily from the Taliban’s Islamic State rivals.
Last U.S. Troops Leave Afghanistan After 20 Years of War
More than a hundred American citizens remain in the Taliban-controlled country.
What Diversity Means for the Taliban
The new Afghan government will likely include ethnicities other than the Taliban’s own. But women are probably out of luck.
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.
After Afghanistan, Biden Can Learn From How Fund Managers Handle Their Disasters
Five basic strategies from investment analysis apply to war and diplomacy too.
Anti-Interventionism Isn’t Enough for Left Foreign Policy
Afghanistan shows that the American left is in danger of losing the moral plot.
The Falling Man of Kabul
Zaki Anwari represented what a free Afghanistan could achieve. His gruesome death is a vivid reminder of the human toll of U.S. abandonment.
Ending the Forever Wars Was Never Up to Us
Leaving Afghanistan will not stop terrorism or leave the threats the United States faces behind.
It’s Crazy to Trust the Haqqanis
A faction of the new Afghan government is extraordinarily close to al Qaeda and other terror groups—including the Islamic State.
What Should Biden Have Done in Afghanistan?
Withdrawal was always bound to be chaotic, but wishful thinking, poor planning, and glacial bureaucracies have made a difficult situation worse.
‘Support Is Not Just About Money’
A U.S. veteran of Afghan heritage reflects on a complicated relationship between two far-apart nations.
Chinese Recognition of the Taliban Is All but Inevitable
The geostrategic and economic benefits of closer relations are too great for Beijing to ignore.
Chinese Firms Don’t Want to Pay Afghanistan’s Costs
The country is too chaotic for Beijing to exploit economically.
Don’t Abandon Afghanistan’s Economy Too
As the chances of evacuation dwindle, the West owes Afghans a chance at surviving in their own country.
The Real Reason U.S. Allies Are Upset About Afghanistan
The anger is real—but anguished humanitarianism is just part of it.
The Taliban Are Far Closer to the Islamic State Than They Claim
The terror group behind the Kabul attacks has close ties to the Haqqani network.
Is Islamic Terrorism Coming to the U.S. Again?
After the deadly Kabul attack, the CIA pins its hopes on an unconventional counterterrorism strategy.
Facebook’s Taliban Ban Will Prove Costly for Afghans
Why the tech giant is on the wrong side of history yet again.
Biden Vows to Respond After Deadly Kabul Terrorist Attack
U.S. officials had repeatedly warned of threats from the Islamic State’s branch in Afghanistan this week.
‘Charlie Wilson’s Playbook’: Lawmaker Pushes Biden to Back Anti-Taliban Resistance
Administration remains focused on evacuation efforts for now.
How Biden Can Save His China Strategy After Afghanistan
Washington needs to give a visible sign of Indo-Pacific commitment.
Afghanistan Braces for a Brain Drain
The Taliban are intent on driving out the very people they need to make the country governable.
Don’t Blame the Afghans
If the United States fails to understand its mistakes, it will continue to repeat them.
What a Taliban Government Will Look Like
Early indications suggest Afghanistan will be led by a 12-man council of criminals, terrorists, and the more pliant members of the former government.
Taiwan Isn’t Afghanistan, Whatever Beijing Says
The fall of Kabul is a crisis of competence, not credibility, for U.S. power in Asia.
‘Europe Runs the Risk of Becoming a Global Strategic Victim’
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.
A Taliban Challenge: To Learn the Lessons of History
What an ancient citadel can teach us about Afghanistan’s past—and its potential future.
Afghanistan Hasn’t Damaged U.S. Credibility
The withdrawal has been tragic—but it hasn’t been a strategic disaster.
An Anti-Taliban Front Is Already Forming. Can It Last?
The group faces a more powerful Taliban than ever, but public discontent could fuel the resistance.
Lessons From Biden’s Very Bad Week
The U.S. president’s refusal to acknowledge error has dismayed supporters and European allies.
A ‘Digital Dunkirk’ to Evacuate Afghan Allies
Veterans mobilize online to help Afghans fleeing the Taliban.
Non-Military Flights From Afghanistan Grounded
A series of snags have kept planes stuck on Kabul’s tarmac.
The United States Keeps Doing What It Can’t
The main lesson from the failed intervention in Afghanistan is about the dangers of self-delusion. Will anyone learn it?
A Non-Interventionist Region Reacts to Afghanistan
The factors that led to the country’s collapse find many parallels in Latin America.
To Understand Afghanistan’s Future, Reckon With the Region’s Colonial Past
From Kabul to Kolkata, South Asian heirs of partition can draw inspiration from their history to chart a sustainable future.
Taliban Takeover Seen as a Boon for Human Smugglers
Along one part of the Turkish border, hundreds of new Afghan migrants show up every day.
Expedited Visas for Vulnerable Afghans? Many Have Been Waiting for Years.
Why the special immigration system is broken.
China’s Neighbors Hope Afghanistan Pullout Means Pivot to Indo-Pacific
With the withdrawal completed, Washington’s strategic shift can commence.
A Taliban Takeover Will Strengthen Pakistan’s Jihadis
Islamabad cheered the fall of Kabul, but the new Afghan regime will embolden domestic terrorist groups that could threaten the Pakistani state.
After the Debacle: Six Concrete Steps to Restore U.S. Credibility
Each has bipartisan support and could be taken in short order.
U.S. Officials Rushed to Kabul Airport to Help Evacuation
Thousands of Americans and Afghans are still stranded in what lawmakers are calling a fiasco.
Two Talibans Are Competing for Afghanistan
The gap between the group’s international leadership and its rank-and-file fighters has never been wider.
Pakistani Ambassador: ‘Terrorism Is Our Concern as Much as It Is Your Concern’
Envoy says Washington and Islamabad now have a common interest in stopping the Taliban from exporting violence.
Why Iran Will Welcome the Taliban Takeover in Afghanistan
Tehran’s Shiite regime has strategic, economic, ideological, and ecological reasons for backing Sunni extremists.
Post-American Afghanistan and India’s Geopolitics
The fall of Kabul accelerates a fundamental realignment that was already underway.
Caution and Schadenfreude in Moscow as the U.S. Moment in Afghanistan Ends
Russia signals an openness to working with the Taliban.
Biden’s Democracy Agenda Just Died an Ugly Death in Kabul
The fall of Afghanistan reveals hard truths about U.S. human rights talks.
Fear and Uncertainty Grip Kabul
The Taliban pledge an orderly transition, but many residents are bracing for retribution.
China Won’t Repeat America’s Mistakes in Afghanistan
Beijing wants stability. That could serve some U.S. ends.
I’m a Democrat Who Opposed the Withdrawal. This Catastrophe Is Why.
At minimum, Biden owed our allies in Afghanistan a plan.
Departure of Private Contractors Was a Turning Point in Afghan Military’s Collapse
For two decades, contractors provided key maintenance and military support.
Pakistan and the United States Have Betrayed the Afghan People
Washington ignored Islamabad funding and supplying the Taliban. Now Afghans are paying the price.
Why Afghanistan’s Tribes Beat the United States
Tightly bound kinship networks aren’t vestiges of the past. They’re a modern—and effective—form of political organization.
How Biden Was Right About Afghanistan—and Disastrously Wrong
The president is taking flak from all sides, but the timing of the Taliban takeover could minimize the political damage.
Many Afghans Fear for Their Lives as Taliban Fighters Take Kabul
In a new chapter for Afghanistan, women are particularly vulnerable.
Afghan Government Collapses as Ghani Flees the Country
The United States evacuates its embassy while diplomats and aid officials brace for a new humanitarian catastrophe.
China Is Protecting Its Thin Corridor to the Afghan Heartland
The Wakhan Corridor is a fiercely contested imperial hangover.
The Coming Afghan Refugee Crisis Is Only a Preview
More desperate migrants will head West in coming years—and the West’s migration policies must change in response.
The West Prepares for the Fall of Kabul
The Taliban’s rapid advance leaves only Kabul left to take, and Western powers don’t want to be there when it happens.
Afghans Need a Humanitarian Intervention Right Now
The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan should continue. But a new military engagement should begin.
What Went Wrong With Afghanistan’s Defense Forces?
Ten provincial capitals have fallen in a week, and Kabul is teetering.
More Provinces, Atrocities for Rampaging Taliban
Six more Afghan provinces fell over the weekend, and Kabul fears the “country will fall apart.”
U.N. Afghanistan Envoy Issues Desperate Plea to Avert Catastrophe
Deborah Lyons cites Syria and Sarajevo in her warnings of what could come as the Taliban turn their guns toward Afghanistan’s cities.
How Pakistan Could Become Biden’s Worst Enemy
The United States is banking on Islamabad to broker successful peace talks with the Taliban. That’s not likely to happen.
With Militias in Herat, ‘We Are Caught Between Bad and Worse’
Killings by militiamen in Herat underscore the risks of relying on armed civilians to fight off the Taliban.
Taliban Rampage Puts Afghan Journalists in Crosshairs
The last 20 years saw a renaissance in the Afghan media landscape. Now, it’s crumbling.
‘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.
Afghanistan’s War Splinters as Southern Tribes Fight for Spoils
Key cities including Herat and Kandahar could be the next to fall as Afghanistan’s nightmare continues.
Stop Assuming the Taliban Will Win
With ethnic warlords reviving their militias, the Afghan war—even without the U.S. military—is more balanced than it seems.
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.
Iraqi Kurds Keep Faith in U.S. Despite Drawdown
The United States’ longtime partners in northern Iraq are watching Afghanistan go to pieces after the U.S. pullout with “wishful thinking.”
India Resists the Taliban Bandwagon
As Blinken heads to New Delhi, he could find some surprising common ground on Afghanistan.
U.S. Officials Make Last-Minute Push to Get Afghan Spies Out Before Withdrawal
Intelligence assets who worked for the CIA now face deadly reprisals.
As Taliban Expand Control, Concerns About Forced Marriage and Sex Slavery Rise
In some Afghan towns, women are fleeing ahead of insurgent takeovers.
A ‘Life and Death Fight’ Against the Taliban in Central Afghanistan
Bamiyan, home to the Taliban-wrecked Buddhas, might be the start of Afghanistan’s pushback against the insurgents.
China and the Taliban Begin Their Romance
Beijing has its eyes set on using Afghanistan as a strategic corridor once U.S. troops are out of the way.
Central Asia Braces for Fallout of U.S. Pullout From Afghanistan
Since the war began, America has had one lens for Central Asia. What happens now?
Biden’s Afghan Withdrawal Will Spark the Next Refugee Crisis
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.
India Is Scrambling to Get on the Taliban’s Good Side
After decades of supporting the Afghan government, New Delhi is planning for its potential fall.
‘It Will Not Be Just a Civil War’
Afghanistan’s foreign minister on what may await his country after the U.S. withdrawal.
Is Biden Haunted by Vietnam? Should He Be?
The president said this withdrawal will be nothing like what happened in 1975, but there are some striking parallels.
The Top Five Debriefing Questions About Afghanistan
How to make sense of Washington’s longest war ever.
Biden Defends Troop Withdrawal as Taliban Forces Advance
As U.S. focus moves elsewhere, regional powers are closely watching Afghanistan’s fate.
U.S. to Prop Up Afghan Air Force
Afghanistan will get an injection of contractor support and planes for its beleaguered Air Force.
Will the End of the U.S. War Create More Afghan Refugees?
With the Taliban insurgency expanding, the U.S. withdrawal could provoke a major humanitarian crisis.
If the Taliban Wins the War, Can They Still Lose the Peace?
The United States vowed to destroy the Taliban. Today, they are stronger than ever. But will that last?
With the Militias in Afghanistan
As Afghan forces melt away, local armed groups are left to hold the line against the Taliban.
Why U.S. Drone Strikes Are at an All-Time Low
The shift comes as the White House seeks to downgrade the threat of global terrorism after 20 years of “forever wars.”
U.S. Questioned Whether Afghan Government Could Survive Taliban Onslaught
Biden to boost aid to Kabul as the militants capture more territory.
‘Now I Can’t Go Home’
Afghan interpreters who worked with the U.S. military clamor for U.S. visas to escape Taliban retribution.
Can Biden Save Ashraf Ghani?
To stop the Taliban’s advance and his government’s collapse, the Afghan leader must check his hubris at the White House door.
Top Afghan Leaders Visit the White House at a Low Moment
With the situation in Afghanistan rapidly deteriorating, expect the mood to be grim when Ghani and Abdullah meet Biden.
Biden’s Afghanistan Pullout Could Make the China Problem Harder
No, a complete withdrawal will not ease the U.S. pivot to China.
The Taliban Are Winning the War of Words in Afghanistan
The government’s radio silence is handing a propaganda victory to the insurgents.
Turkey Looks to Expand Footprint in Afghanistan
Ankara is well positioned to play key roles after the U.S. withdrawal.
Afghan Interpreters in the Crossfire of U.S. Pullout
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.
The United States Needs Central Asian Partners to Protect Afghanistan’s Future
Ambitious post-withdrawal hopes can’t be achieved without bases nearby.
How to Close the Gender Gap in Peace Talks
Women’s representation is critical to lasting peace, but they are losing ground at the negotiating table.
Afghan Air Force Could Be Grounded After U.S. Pullout
The one advantage the Afghan army had on the Taliban looks set to slip away with the hasty U.S. withdrawal.
U.S. Withdrawal Constrains Counterterrorism Options
Biden’s pledge to maintain U.S. capacity in Afghanistan without boots on the ground appears easier said than done.
Taliban Map Out Future Vision for Afghanistan
The militant group’s spokesman vows to “continue our war” until Afghanistan has an Islamic government.
Afghanistan Swamped by COVID-19’s Third Wave
The government dithered and denied the pandemic’s severity. Now, a health disaster looms.
Inside Washington’s Fight to Save Afghans Who Saved Americans
Afghan interpreters were promised U.S. visas. Now, red tape may cost them their lives.
Terror Attacks Surge in Afghanistan as U.S. Withdraws
Washington hopes to reduce spiraling Taliban violence, but it is losing its most potent leverage: troop presence.
Afghan Women’s Problems Don’t End With the Taliban
A new U.S. intelligence assessment suggests women’s rights in Afghanistan face threats even without a Taliban takeover.
America, the Afghan Tragedy, and the Subcontinent
Four decades of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan have left South Asia transformed—and on the cusp of a realignment.
Afghanistan Can’t Achieve Stability Without Women
To reach a gender-conscious peace deal with the Taliban, Afghan negotiators need more time—and U.S. support.
What Biden Should Learn From Indochina
France’s withdrawal shows sometimes the costs of maintaining the status quo are higher than the costs of a drastic policy change.
Leaving Afghanistan Will Be More Expensive Than Anyone Expects
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.
When Afghanistan Almost Worked
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.
Afghan Ambassador: ‘The Ball Is in the Taliban’s Court’
Roya Rahmani says the Taliban have no justification for continuing their war after the departure of international troops.
The U.S. Never Can Say Goodbye to Afghanistan
The Pentagon is going to need more firepower to pull out U.S. troops.
Afghanistan Shows the Limits of India’s Power
With the United States departing, New Delhi is seeking new ways to project influence.
‘The Taliban Have Tracked Me’
In Logar province, just outside of Kabul, fear of a Taliban takeover rises.
Afghans Don’t Need U.S. Troops. They Need Islands of Stability.
Here’s how the Biden administration can prevent chaos in Afghanistan, even after it withdraws.
‘Bring the Troops Home’ Is a Dream, Not a Strategy
A full withdrawal from Afghanistan is a costly blunder and failure of leadership.
Afghans Haven’t Forgotten Taliban Atrocities
The United States’ withdrawal may be a balm domestically. It’s anything but for those that lived through the horror.
From Moral Responsibility to Magical Thinking: How Biden Changed His Mind on Afghanistan
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.
Biden Just Made a Historic Break With the Logic of Forever War
But will he really end the United States’ other open-ended conflicts?
Biden’s War at Home Over Afghanistan Is Just Beginning
After making the right call on withdrawal, the U.S. president better get ready for second-guessing.