Afghans, Under Fire for Corruption, Accuse Donors of Hypocrisy
Much of the donor money to Afghanistan is lost to fraud and abuse, in part by Western companies.
Afghanistan Needs Truth Before It Can Have Reconciliation
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.
Biden’s Likely Defense Secretary Pick Flournoy Faces Progressive Pushback
From concerns about ties to defense contractors to worries about forever wars, at least one of the president-elect’s potential nominees is raising hackles.
In Afghanistan, Bringing New Life Into the World Is Deadly
Terrorist violence and COVID-19 have set maternal health back decades.
Team Biden Urged to Keep Trump’s Afghan Envoy
Biden’s foreign-policy team is weighing the merits of letting Zalmay Khalilzad keep his job or letting him go.
Trump’s New Defense Secretary Announces Afghan Withdrawal
The hasty–and unexplained—move drew criticism from Republicans and the head of NATO.
Crime Wave Further Rocks Confidence in Afghan Government
Afghan officials are trying to contain a spate of kidnappings and armed robberies that appear designed to bolster public thirst for Taliban-style justice—just ahead of a critical donor meeting.
Atrocities Pile Up for CIA-Backed Afghan Paramilitary Forces
Many Afghans want the groups disbanded when the United States withdraws.
Jihadist Networks Dig In on Social Media Across Central Asia
Almost 500 extremist channels on Telegram, VKontakte, and other networks spread propaganda and vie for recruits. Most of them have ties to the Islamic State.
Why Did the United States Take China’s Word on Supposed Uighur Terrorists?
The Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement barely existed, but Washington wanted Beijing on board for the war on terror.
Afghans Caught in the Crossfire While U.S. Prepares to Clear Out
Despite ongoing peace talks, intensifying Taliban attacks on Afghans across the country are out of control—and threaten the country’s future.
Terrorist Attack in Kabul Shatters Lives—and Illusions
“We had hopes, but we are not allowed to hope,” said one survivor of the fatal assault on Afghanistan’s biggest university.
Whatever Happens on Tuesday, Afghans Just Want an End to Their Own National Nightmare
Both Biden and Trump have pledged to pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan. But the Taliban have a vote, too.
Afghans See No Good Choices in the U.S. Election
Regardless of who wins next week, Afghans feel neither Trump nor Biden will do anything for Afghanistan—they just hope the next president completes the U.S. withdrawal.
Afghanistan Is Not Doomed to Repeat Its Past
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.
The Taliban’s Highway Robbery
After the peace deal with the United States, the militant group has doubled down on collecting “taxes” from Afghanistan’s coal miners.