The U.S. in Afghanistan: 18 Years and Still Counting

by Robert E. Hunter Always the man of surprises, President Donald Trump this past weekend sprang two: the first to schedule a “secret” meeting at Camp David to try settling the Afghanistan conflict; the second to cancel the meeting and… Continue Reading  

After Trump Calls Off Taliban Talks, What’s Next for Afghanistan?

by Fatemeh Aman President Trump’s abrupt cancellation of planned peace talks at Camp David between the Taliban and the Afghan government as part of a U.S. withdrawal plan seems to have had the immediate effect of ousting his national security… Continue Reading  

The U.S. Needs High-Level Diplomacy with Iran

by Shahed Ghoreishi Last week, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei met with Houthi representatives in Tehran in what was a rare overt display of support. Since the Yemeni civil war began in 2015, Iran has kept the Houthis at arm’s… Continue Reading  

How Will Kashmir Affect the Afghan Peace Process?

by Fatemeh Aman Commentaries are calling India’s unilateral move to end the autonomy of Jammu and Kashmir that had prevailed since India’s independence a geopolitical “earthquake.” A major geological earthquake normally has significant ripple effects as the affected tectonic plates… Continue Reading  

Trump: Out of the Graveyard and into the Pyre?

by John Feffer Afghanistan has long been touted as the “graveyard of empires.” The British and the Soviets certainly discovered that lesson to their great regret. Perhaps future historians will judge the failure of the United States to defeat the… Continue Reading