Karzai’s Tug of War and Peace With the Taliban

June 14, 2014

As Karzai leaves office, Afghanistan remains unstable following a decade of missed opportunities for peace. Much to his credit, and the powers in Washington, Hamid Karzai has survived his presidential terms. However, it has come at the expense of leaving  behind a controversial legacy. When the...

Yes, the Afghanistan Election is Important — But So is the Day After

April 04, 2014

Following the presidential election, Afghans need to take charge of their own future. On April 5, Afghans will cast their votes in what is considered the most significant election in their country's recent history. For the first time since the fall of the Taliban, someone other than Hamid...

The Day After: Iran’s Quiet Taliban Diplomacy (Part 2/2)

December 06, 2013

The Taliban seems committed to working with Iran for the purpose of enhancing its diplomatic leverage. This is the final of a two part series. Read part one here.  Enmity has marked Iran’s relationship with...

Kabul Diary: Hope and Fissures

August 03, 2013

Afghans simply want to move on and build a new life. [Note: Kabul Diary is a compilation of experiences and observations by Gateway House’s Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy, who recently visited Afghanistan. In this entry, she writes about her first impressions and important political developments,...