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Iran and the Taliban

Iran and the Taliban

The chaotic situation in Afghanistan is a major concern for all neighboring countries, including Iran. Hamidreza Azizi, an Alexander von Humboldt fellow at the Berlin-based German Institute for International and Security Affairs, analyzes Tehran's relationship with the Taliban.

Afghans Have Been Left at the Mercy of the Ruthless Taliban

Afghans Have Been Left at the Mercy of the Ruthless Taliban

On August 15, Taliban militants entered the outskirts of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. It was the worst thing that could have happened to former Afghan employees of foreign institutions, women and civil rights defenders, religious and ethnic minorities, local journalists and even ordinary...

The Hazaras of Afghanistan Face a Threat to Survival

The Hazaras of Afghanistan Face a Threat to Survival

September 11, 2001, is internationally recognized as a date associated with terrorism and mass murder by al-Qaeda militants based in a Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. Yet the current situation in the country means that September 11, 2021, could see another tragedy: the ethnic cleansing of the Hazara...

Does Afghanistan Have a Green Future?

Does Afghanistan Have a Green Future?

Everyone has a different doomsday scenario for Afghanistan once US and NATO troops withdraw by September 11. The Taliban will take over and reimpose their repressive social agenda. Al-Qaeda will multiply rapidly and again become a global threat. Rival warlords will split apart the country. Another...

Can the Afghans Work Toward a Lasting Peace Deal?

Can the Afghans Work Toward a Lasting Peace Deal?

Afghanistan is at a critical stage in its decades-long conflict. A combination of factors has led to a deterioration of the country’s security. These include political corruption, dysfunctional institutions, patron-clientelism and social instability. Violence has intensified in recent years,...

Can the Taliban and the Afghan Government Make Peace?

Can the Taliban and the Afghan Government Make Peace?

Having harbored al-Qaeda militants, the Taliban regime that ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001 was toppled by the US following the 9/11 attacks in the US. In 2003, the Taliban reorganized and began their insurgency against the Afghan government and NATO forces. Since then, despite national and...

Uncertainty Looms Over Taliban Talks

Uncertainty Looms Over Taliban Talks

The intra-Afghan conference held in Qatar on July 7-8 is the latest development in the ongoing peace talks convened since January, which have been led by the US special envoy for reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad. Yet it remains unclear what the Taliban's post-peace settlement vision, policies,...

Afghans Want a Functioning Democracy

Afghans Want a Functioning Democracy

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Shukria Dellawar, a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy. Afghanistan has experienced difficult days in its modern history. From 1996 to 2001, it was ruled by the totalitarian Taliban regime. The Taliban are a...

The Alternative Truth in Afghanistan

The Alternative Truth in Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, political pundits are putting pressure on the public instead of the government. Since 2014, when the highly suspect election process saw the formation of the Afghan National Unity Government (NUG), the media has become a battleground for the opposing political camps of President...

Afghanistan: Deteriorating Security Situation to Continue in 2018

Afghanistan: Deteriorating Security Situation to Continue in 2018

A modest increase in US troop numbers is unlikely to reverse worsening insecurity in Afghanistan in the coming year. Afghanistan has experienced a violent 2017, with the government continuing to steadily lose territory to the Taliban. According to the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan...

Trump’s Mulligan in Afghanistan

Trump’s Mulligan in Afghanistan

Trump applies the rules of his golf game to foreign policy. Donald Trump loves to play golf. So far, he has teed off twice as many times as Barack Obama had at the same point in his term. Indeed, Trump has spent as much as 20% of his presidency at various golf clubs. This despite the...

Life Behind the Burqa in Afghanistan

Life Behind the Burqa in Afghanistan

Photojournalist Paula Bronstein unveils the ongoing stigma against women in Afghanistan. Once upon a time, Afghanistan was considered to be progressive compared to its neighboring countries. But in recent decades, it has taken a dramatic shift toward conservative Islam. In the 1960s and 1970s,...

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