Joe Biden Meets Afghanistan’s Leaders as the Country Faces Collapse

June 25, 2021

The security situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating dramatically. The Taliban have captured the country’s border crossing to Tajikistan. Prospects of civil war have risen. Even as the US withdrawal gains momentum, Afghan leaders are visiting Washington to meet President Joe Biden on June...

What an Afghan Peace Deal Could Look Like

March 02, 2021

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 Afghan Peace Process: Two Phases of the Taliban

April 30, 2019

The prospect of a peaceful Afghanistan is only realistic if the Taliban breaks ties with other terrorist groups, agrees to a ceasefire and joins the intra-Afghan peace talks. The Afghan government has been calling for peace talks for many years, yet only in November 2018 did the Taliban agree to...

Violence Against Afghan Women Reveals Crisis in Status of Men

March 31, 2015

The brutal mob attack on a young woman in Kabul reveals the instability of the Afghan government. On March 19, a 27-year-old Afghan woman named Farkhunda was attacked in the center of Kabul in bright daylight, wrongly accused of burning a copy of the Quran. Kabul police initially tried to...

Will the New President Bring Peace to Afghanistan?

October 17, 2014

To secure freedom for Afghanistan, all aspects of liberal democracy must be respected. Afghanistan has long been politically unstable due to war and the predominance of weak regimes. However, the 9/11 attacks changed the scenario. The US intervention in 2001 that overthrew the Taliban...

Our Man in Kabul: America and the Next President of Afghanistan

April 04, 2014

What does Washington hope for from Afghanistan's next leader? After 13 long years, over a trillion dollars spent and thousands of lost lives, the United States is finally bowing out of Afghanistan. To outsiders, Afghanistan might still seem like a fragile state racked by continuous...

Afghanistan Election 2014: Near-Term Political Projections

March 31, 2014

Eventually, democracy will take on a unique tailor-made character for Afghanistan. The upcoming months hold several changes for Afghanistan. They can be categorized under politics, security and economics, with implications for both country and region. This article assesses the political aspects...