Tag: Afghanistan

India Must Contain Afghanistan-Pakistan to Survive

India Must Contain Afghanistan-Pakistan to Survive

In the first article of this three-part series, I have made the case that the victory of the Taliban in Afghanistan would radicalize Pakistan and increase its global nuclear threat. In the second article, I have argued that the changed circumstances in Afghanistan heightened the threat to Kashmir....

The Prospects of Peace in Afghanistan

The Prospects of Peace in Afghanistan

The Doha Agreement signed between the United States and the Taliban on February 29, 2020, not only set a date for the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan, but it also included certain obligations for the Taliban. Under this agreement, the Taliban are obligated to take...

Afghanistan’s Public Intellectuals Fail to Denounce the Taliban

Afghanistan’s Public Intellectuals Fail to Denounce the Taliban

Unlike most societies, political alignment in Afghanistan is not divided along the right and the left axis. Most of the policy debates in the last two decades of the so-called republic were shaped by the right — either Afghan/Pashtun ethnonationalism or political Islam. At times, both these...

The Taliban Use Violence Against Women as a Bargaining Chip

The Taliban Use Violence Against Women as a Bargaining Chip

After the collapse of the Afghan government last August, the only significant challenge to the Taliban’s primitive totalitarianism was mounted by women in big cities — the capital Kabul, Mazar-e Sharif in the north, and Herat in the west, among others. The Taliban’s approach to women’s...

What the Taliban’s Constitution Means for Afghanistan

What the Taliban’s Constitution Means for Afghanistan

In a recent webinar titled, “Recognition of the Taliban as a Legitimate Government of Afghanistan,” a participant asked me which constitution is currently in place and the status of the Afghan Constitution from 2004? I couldn’t answer because the status of the constitution was still...

FO° Live: Women Under the Taliban

FO° Live: Women Under the Taliban

In the 1990s, the Taliban closed the women's university in Afghanistan, forced nearly all women to quit their jobs and restricted their access to medical care. They also brutally enforced a restrictive dress code on women and limited their freedom of movement.

Is Afghanistan Going to Break Apart?

Is Afghanistan Going to Break Apart?

After the shambolic US withdrawal, Afghanistan faces an existential problem: Its very existence as a state is now in question. Most people forget that Afghanistan is a patchwork of disparate ethnic groups and remote villages. Unlike Germany or Japan, it is not and has never been a nation-state....

Afghans Turn to Crypto Amid Crisis

Afghans Turn to Crypto Amid Crisis

Images from Afghanistan have flooded the news media this year as the US completed its chaotic withdrawal. Crowds of Afghans desperate to escape the Taliban takeover flocked to Kabul airport despite the risk of terrorist attacks. Just a fraction made it onto evacuation flights, and those who remain...

After Afghanistan’s Fall to the Taliban, Will Kashmir Be Next?

After Afghanistan’s Fall to the Taliban, Will Kashmir Be Next?

In my first article of this three-part series, I made the case that the victory of the Taliban would radicalize Pakistan and increase its global nuclear threat. Notably, the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan is not only changing its eastern neighbor, but also fundamentally altering the...

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