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Afghanistan’s Three Trillion Dollar Question

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Investing in Afghanistan’s mineral wealth wouldn’t cure everything that ails the long-suffering country. But it would certainly be a good start.

How the Islamic State Fractures Afghanistan’s Peace Prospects

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jason Geranen, of 2nd Battalion, 82nd Aviation Brigade (Long Range Surveillance Detachment), engages a Taliban fighting positions with an AT4 rocket near the village of Allah Say, Afghanistan, Aug. 21, 2007. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael L. Casteel) www.army.mil

ISIS-K wants to undermine any Afghan peace prospects. To achieve this, ISIS-K relies on a strategy of intimidation and division.

Shame and Silence: Bacha Bazi in Afghanistan

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Detailing the abusive practice of Bacha Bazi – or ‘dancing boys’ – in Afghanistan.

US-Taliban Deal: First Step on a Long Road to Peace

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Though there’s a lot more work to be done before peace and stability reigns in Afghanistan, the recent US-Taliban deal is an important step in the right direction.

Is Islamic State Still a Threat?

cc Flickr U.S. Department of Defense Current Photos, modified, public domain, Iraqi security forces soldiers pause for a photo during react to enemy contact training at Camp Taji, Iraq, Feb. 25, 2017. The soldiers attended a Junior Leaders Course led by Coalition forces designed to enhance basic combat skills in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, the global Coalition to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Christopher Brecht)

Is Islamic State a spent force or a globe-spanning “al-Qaeda on steroids”?

Superpower in Denial: Stubbornness and Washington’s Unending Afghan War

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The publishing of the Afghanistan Papers, a trove of documents documenting the Afghan war, by Washington Post is the latest piece in an intricate puzzle of attempting to understand a decade-long and seemingly unending …

Understanding Russian Involvement in Afghanistan

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Some of the historical context underpinning Russia’s post-peace talks involvement in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan: New Election, Old Problems

An Afghan elder shows his inked finger to show he voted during the heavily anticipated Afghanistan elections in Barge Matal, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2009. Afghanistan village elders are considered to be the role models and leaders among the Afghan civilians. U.S. Army soldiers helped provide security during the elections. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Allison, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Inked_finger.jpg

Bad news is emanating from Afghanistan in a near-constant stream, and much of it is very familiar.

US Pullout from Afghanistan (February 10, 2019)

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Zac and Nick discuss what the United States achieved in Afghanistan and how regional interests are primed to reassert themselves once the US military leaves.

The Great Game Revived: Russia’s Interests in Afghanistan

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With a US pullout likely, regional players are scrambling to shore up their long-term interests in Afghanistan. This article examines the military and economic objectives driving Russia’s foreign policy there.

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