Afghans Want Peace, but Not Like This
Ordinary Afghans felt excluded from the talks and feared an empowered Taliban.
Getting to ‘Yes’ Has Just Gotten a Lot Harder in Afghanistan
An abrupt end to a possible deal with the Taliban sticks the United States deeper in the quagmire.
In the Demise of the Taliban Peace Talks, Russia Is the Winner
Even as it paints itself as an ally in Afghanistan, the Kremlin is busy undercutting Washington.
The Taliban Kills a Glimmer of Hope in Helmand
The slaying of a local elder foretells the end of peace talks and the renewal of violence in Afghanistan.
Trump’s Approach to Afghanistan ‘Confusing His Own Negotiators’
Veteran diplomat Ryan Crocker talks about the “catastrophic” plans for a Taliban summit and scant hopes for any enduring peace deal.
The Taliban Shoots Back at Donald Trump
A translation of spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid’s warning for the United States.
The Taliban’s Broken Pledge to Contain Terrorists
A generation ago, the Taliban promised to prevent Osama bin Laden from targeting Americans—then came 9/11.
Khalilzad Edges Closer to Pact With Taliban
The U.S. envoy is expected to travel to Afghanistan within days to seek approval from President Ashraf Ghani.
How to Partner With the Taliban
The Trump administration’s peace deal for Afghanistan needs a plan for the country’s most looming threat: international terrorists whom both sides oppose.
How War Traumatizes the Victims and the Perpetrators
On the podcast: A new film explores the experience of Australian soldiers in Afghanistan.
How Pakistan Is Playing Washington—Again
Trump thinks he can get Imran Khan to help as he exits Afghanistan. History suggests otherwise.
The Taliban Have a Road Map for Peace
A translation of the statement from the Taliban and Afghan officials.
There Will Be No Peace for Afghanistan
Despite optimistic signs from U.S.-led peace talks in Qatar, Afghanistan’s future looks bleak.
What Afghan Women (and Men) Really Want
Access to employment and education are local priorities. Here’s how the West can work with the Taliban to ensure those rights.
Critics Should Stop Declaring Defeat in Afghanistan
The war is not yet over and its outcome is not yet certain.
The Afghan Government Can’t Make Peace With the Taliban on Its Own
Negotiations involving a broad group that represents all of Afghanistan—not just its senior politicians—are the only way to achieve a lasting settlement.
Everyone Wants a Piece of Afghanistan
A U.S. withdrawal has opened the door to a possible political settlement, but success will depend on regional powers and the country’s neighbors.