Ashraf Ghani

Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai (left), Afghanistan's acting defense minister at the time, speaks during a joint press conference with then-Interior Minister Noor-ul-haq Ulomi in Kabul on Dec. 23, 2015.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the troops

The Afghanistan Problem That Won’t Go Away

Even now, 18 years in, there is no clear way out for the United States. 


Afghan President Ghani Pun-tificates on D.C. Voting Rights

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is surprisingly up to speed on D.C. voting rights.

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - NOVEMBER 18: Traffic moves past the Abdul Rahman Khan Great Mosque on November 18, 2012 in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)


Ashraf Ghani has a vision that could turn Central and South Asia into another East Asian Miracle.

Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani gestures while making a speech to a crowd in an assembly hall in Kabul on Februray 13, 2014. Ghani adressed a gathering of supporters ahead of the elections to succeed President Hamid Karzai, due on April 5, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Nicolas ASFOURI        (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s Not the Taliban — It’s the Islamic State

As U.S. troops prepare to withdraw from Afghanistan, President Ashraf Ghani has found a new reason for them to stay.

KARKAR, AFGHANISTAN - OCTOBER 30:  Afghan coal miners, covered in coal, head home after their shift of the Karkar mine October 30, 2004 Karkar, Afghanistan. The mine is the most active one in the country, producing coal for the country for the upcoming winter season. There are 160 mine workers working 2 shifts producing 55 tons of coal per day which has been in operation for 57 years and was active during the Taliban years as well. The workers make less than $4.00 a day.  (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

Securing Afghanistan’s Future

Ghani’s plan for Afghanistan to become self-reliant is an ambitious one; however, by several measures, it has been successful, ensuring resources drive better outcomes and deliver for the people.


Afghan Peace: Between A Rock and A Hard Place

To bring peace to Afghanistan, Ghani has to overcome domestic barriers and regional controversies.

Afghan President Ghani Addresses Joint Meeting Of Congress

Winning American Hearts: Ghani’s Trip to the United States

Even with Ghani’s visit to the United States over, Afghanistan still has a lot of work it needs to do to make American praise stick.


Ghani: Afghanistan Can Serve as Roadblock to Extremism Along New Silk Road

The Afghan president calls his country a keystone to future prosperity in Central Asia — but first needs help in stopping the spread of religious extremism.

Ashton Carter Travels To Afghanistan

High Stakes for President Ghani’s Visit

When Afghan President Ashraf Ghani arrives in Washington, he'll have to prove to the U.S. government and the American people that his country deserves their continued support.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 04:  Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani speaks to delegates and ministers during the London Conference on Afghanistan in central London on December 4, 2014 in London, England. Afghanistan's new leaders are hopeing to build bridges with the West at a conference in London as they struggle to bring peace while foreign combat forces withdraw after 13 years in the country.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood - Pool/Getty Images)

Ghani Takes the Long Way Round

After years of using the military approach as the primary way of dealing with the Taliban, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is seeking continued U.S. support while he tries the road less traveled: peace talks.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Visits Berlin

Mr. Ghani Goes to Washington

Afghanistan’s president should have an enjoyable and successful visit to the United States. But don’t expect it to ease the immense challenges awaiting him back home.


President Ghani: Stuck Between India and Pakistan

As AfPak relations improve, will Indian support of Afghanistan wane?

U.S. Soldiers Provide Security Around Kandahar Airfield

Political-Cultural Impediments to Reform in Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s difficulties in enacting reform can be traced in part to its political culture, which is proving resistant to change.


An Olive Branch in AfPak

Afghanistan is trying to retool its rocky relationship with Pakistan. Will this great bargain pay off?


Afghanistan: Still a Man’s World?

Despite Ghani nominating three women to his cabinet, Afghanistan’s women are still not winning.

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