There Is No Military Path to Victory in Afghanistan

by Rajan Menon Few will say it, but the facts are indisputable: America’s war in Afghanistan has failed. There comes a time when persisting in a lost cause amounts to foolishness, indeed irresponsibility. That time has arrived. Washington’s minimal goals… Continue Reading  

Afghanistan “After” the American War

by Ann Jones Ten months ago, on December 28, 2014, a ceremony in Kabul officially marked the conclusion of America’s very long war in Afghanistan. President Obama called that day “a milestone for our country.” After more than 13 years,… Continue Reading  

The Iran Deal and South Asia

by Fatemeh Aman The agreement between Iran and world powers may be making Iran’s Arab neighbors nervous, but for South Asian countries with energy worries, it has come as a relief. The lifting of sanctions on Iran could mean economic… Continue Reading  

Can Afghan Women’s Achievements Survive the Peace Talks?

by Fatemeh Aman As peace talks between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban enter a new phase and hopes of reaching a sustainable deal increase, concerns are increasing that gains made by Afghan women over the last decade could… Continue Reading  

The Islamic State and Afghanistan

by Fatemeh Aman As Afghanistan continues its slide into fertile ground for the Islamic State (ISIS or IS), the spokesperson for the governor of the Pakistani border province of Nangarhar confirmed to the BBC on July 6 that drone attacks… Continue Reading