Why Afghanistan Is America’s Greatest Strategic Disaster
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.
Pompeo Announces Taliban Peace Deal Plan
The pact pledging “intra-Afghan” talks is to be signed Feb. 29, but questions remain over whether the deal will last.
Iran’s Shifting Afghan Alliances Don’t Fit Easy Narratives
Tehran’s goals are pragmatic—and may be in line with Washington’s.
Afghans Fear Yet Another Civil War
The U.S.-Taliban truce raises some hope—but not while the Afghan government remains a stranger to the talks.
Is Afghan Intelligence Building a Regime of Terror With the CIA’s Help?
As dissidents are attacked and murdered, critics liken the National Directorate of Security to the brutal intelligence service of the Afghan communists in the 1980s.
As America Shuts Its Doors, Afghan Refugees Are Stuck in Turkey
The Trump administration has made it nearly impossible for Afghans who aided U.S. troops to claim asylum in the United States. Instead, thousands who aided Americans on the battlefield are stranded in a country that doesn't want them.
In Afghanistan, Religious Schools Are a Breeding Ground for Islamic State Influence
Countless madrassas are said to be funded by Gulf sources associated with the spread of extremist Salafist views.
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.