The Glimmers of a New Afghanistan?

by Ann Jones I went to Kabul, Afghanistan, in March to see old friends.  By chance, I arrived the day after a woman had been beaten to death and burned by a mob of young men.  The world would soon… Continue Reading  

How to Create an Afghan Backwater

by Anand Gopal The sky clotted gray and the winds gusted cold as the men crowded into an old roadside gas station. It was daybreak in Band-i-Timor, early December 2001, and hundreds of turbaned farmers sat pensively, weighing the choice… Continue Reading  

The Prospects for Peace Talks in Afghanistan

by Fatemeh Aman Since the announcement by Afghanistan’s chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah, in Moscow in February that the Taliban is willing to engage in direct negotiations with Kabul, there have been conflicting reports of the progress of the talks. These… Continue Reading  

The Islamic State and Afghanistan

by Fatemeh Aman The Islamic State (ISIS or IS) has extended its influence into Afghanistan, potentially complicating prospects for peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

Iran Plays a Waiting Game in Afghanistan

by Sumitha Narayanan Kutty It has been a worrisome few weeks for Iran. The negotiations with world powers over its nuclear program are seeing significant differences, there is chaos in Iraq to Iran’s west, and more recently, the political transition in… Continue Reading