Why Iran Is Deporting Scores of Afghan Refugees
Caught on the border, many are vulnerable to extortion, abuse, and regional tensions.
India and Pakistan Are Edging Closer to War in 2020
Two crises dominated South Asia in 2019, and each one stands to get worse next year.
The Afghanistan Problem That Won’t Go Away
Even now, 18 years in, there is no clear way out for the United States.
How Hypocrisy Became Standard Operating Procedure for the U.S. Government
The “Afghanistan Papers” point to an information cartel that will likely persist for the foreseeable future.
Everyone Knows America Lost Afghanistan Long Ago
Inflated threats, concealed costs, and lack of accountability for failure—and the complicity of the foreign-policy establishment—have kept the infinity war going for 18 years.
How Ordinary Afghans Are Living the ‘Afghanistan Papers’
The prospect of a revival of talks with the Taliban is persuading no one after two protracted civil wars that have taken up the lives of most Afghans.
Kashmir Could Wreck India’s Reputation Among Afghans
Pro-Indian views clash with sympathy for fellow Muslims.
The Islamic State Will Outlive Baghdadi. Afghanistan Shows How.
The Islamic State-Khorasan offers a powerful case study of the militant group’s ability to create autonomous affiliates that flourish and endure.
Afghanistan’s Last Jew Gets Ready for the Taliban—Again
Zabulon Simentov has seen it all, and now, like all Afghans, he must embrace a future filled with uncertainty and violence.
What the United States Gets Wrong About Peace Talks
Even when the country wants a deal, at least four largely psychological impediments get in the way.
Meet the Afghan Women Taking Their Country Back—One Land Mine at a Time
In Bamiyan, an all-female demining team provides jobs and hope.
Endless Conflict in Afghanistan Is Driving a Mental Health Crisis
A generation of Afghans came of age amid relentless violence. Saturday’s election offers little hope for help.
Afghanistan’s Victory for Democracy and Loss for Peace
No matter the outcome, this weekend’s presidential election will likely set back the peace process with the Taliban.
Risking Life and Limb to Vote in Afghanistan
Many Afghans say the threat of violence is too great to risk coming out to the polls.
In Afghanistan, It’s Brother Against Brother
How one family’s story illustrates the meaninglessness of Saturday’s election in the face of an endless civil war.