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Afghanistan: A Final Nail in the Coffin of American Foreign Policy

Afghanistan: A Final Nail in the Coffin of American Foreign Policy

When the United States began Operation Enduring Freedom, leading its forces into Afghanistan to empower local resistance to oust the Taliban, Afghans around the world cheered in sheer jubilance. The unipolar hero that is the United States of America had come to save the day and defeat the wicked...

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...

Is the Long War Finally Ending?

Is the Long War Finally Ending?

In October 1944, with the end of World War II in sight, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin passed a note back and forth to each other at a conference in Moscow. On the piece of paper, Churchill had assigned percentages to several Eastern European countries. Stalin amended the numbers...

What an Afghan Peace Deal Could Look Like

What an Afghan Peace Deal Could Look Like

In a recent interview with the BBC, President Ashraf Ghani insisted that the condition for peace in Afghanistan depends on the condition of the war. First, according to him, Afghan security forces need international support due to intensifying violence by armed groups, including the Taliban....

The Tug of War in Washington Around the War in Afghanistan

The Tug of War in Washington Around the War in Afghanistan

The struggle has been going on for four years and is once again approaching a possible turning point. On one side you have a majority of Democrat and Republican legislators united with the intelligence community in the team called “proponents of a massive US military presence across the...

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...

The Gray Lady and Withdrawing US Troops From Afghanistan

The Gray Lady and Withdrawing US Troops From Afghanistan

The New York Times editorial board weighs in with its ethical take on the news of the agreement with Taliban leaders to end the US military presence in Afghanistan. The newspaper’s editorial describes the peace deal as “a ticket out of Afghanistan for American troops who’ve been there far...

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,...

American War Is Off the Charts

American War Is Off the Charts

As the 2020 elections approach, watch out: There’s one possible American war still to come in the greater Middle East. Here’s a statement it might be hard to disagree with: American war is off the charts. Still, I’d like to explain, but I’m nervous about doing so. I know perfectly...

Can the Afghan Peace Process Succeed?

Can the Afghan Peace Process Succeed?

Talks with the Taliban must include long-term, patient efforts to negotiate and resolve the disagreements between the Afghans on the issue of peace. In 2018, Afghanistan witnessed rapid changes in the ongoing peace process. In early February, President Ashraf Ghani extended an unconditional...

Is Peace at Hand in Afghanistan?

Is Peace at Hand in Afghanistan?

Despite the bloody headlines, a slow-motion alignment of interests could mean peace in Afghanistan — if the Trump administration cooperates. The news that the Americans recently held face-to-face talks with the Taliban suggests that longest war in US history may have reached a turning point....

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