Afghan Children: Growing Up With Drones and Landmines

February 21, 2014

Childhood in Afghanistan is about constantly living in fear of death from skies. A Predator drone can reach an altitude of 25,000 feet and hover at such heights for up to 40 hours. Yet, fair weather permitting, the buzz of its propellers can be perceptible to those who happen to fall under its...

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...

Afghanistan: Goodbye to All That?

February 24, 2013

As the US prepares to exit Afghanistan, what will be the consequences? Background As the conflict in Afghanistan enters its 12th year, the US is poised to withdraw 34,000 troops from the war-torn country by next year. The consequences of the withdrawal will be enormous. The Taliban remain a...