Iran, India, and EU Scramble to Formulate Afghanistan Policy

by Aveek Sen With the Trump administration in a mad dash to exit Afghanistan, most of its partners are left confused, including Afghanistan, the European Union (EU), and India. The EU has hinted multiple times that its approach to peace… Continue Reading  

Washington’s Twenty-First-Century Opium Wars

by Alfred W. McCoy After fighting the longest war in its history, the United States stands at the brink of defeat in Afghanistan. How can this be possible? How could the world’s sole superpower have battled continuously for 15 years,… Continue Reading  

Two Versions of the U.S. Destruction of a Hospital in Afghanistan

by Laura Gottesdiener When people ask me what my new job is like, I tell them that I wake up very early and count the dead. When I say “very early,” I mean a few minutes after four a.m., as the… Continue Reading  

Afghan Army Now Ready … to Lose to the Taliban

by Charles Knight One need not be prophetic to sense a bad outcome for the U.S. war in Afghanistan. Almost nothing has gone by plan since the Bush administration joined forces with the Northern Alliance in 2001 to kick the… Continue Reading  

Afghanistan “far from ready to assume responsibility for security” for 2014 withdrawal

By Paul Mutter The International Crisis Group has issued a report strongly critical of the expectations being advanced by US policymakers that Afghanistan will be “stable” enough by 2014 for a handover of national security to Kabul: A repeat of previous… Continue Reading