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UNAMA and Kazakhstan: Filling the Void in Afghanistan

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The latest UN General Assembly shed some light on one of the few humanitarian organizations still operating in Afghanistan.

Zawahiri Killing: A New Twist in Afghanistan

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The recent Zawahiri killing highlights how hard it is for Washington to completely quit the region.

Changing Political and Economic Dynamics in Taliban-Ruled Afghanistan

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Ten months in, the Taliban consolidates its rule while normal Afghans try to survive amid economic devastation.

A Catch-22? Women’s Rights and the Recognizing the Taliban

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The Taliban is systematically curtailing the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan, but there are policy options available to the international community.

Taliban Reloaded: New Regime, Old Name

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The geopolitical context has changed between 2001 and 2021, and thus we should expect a different foreign policy from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.

Afghanistan’s Fate Will Be Shaped by Geoeconomics

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Three geoeconomic factors will determine the future of Taliban-controlled Afghanistan: opium, natural resources, and regional trade networks.

The Afghan Taliban Tries Moderation

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Various geopolitical pressures are set to produce a more moderate Taliban regime in the short-term – but sharia remains a red line.

Qatar Emerges as Power Broker in New Afghanistan

US representative Zalmay Khalilzad (left) and Taliban representative Abdul Ghani Baradar (right) sign the agreement in Doha, Qatar on February 29, 2020. [State Department photo by Ron Przysucha/ Public Domain], cc US State Department, modified,

Doha has spent years building political capital with the Taliban. Now it will have an opportunity to spend it.

Taliban Redux: Opportunities and Challenges for China in Afghanistan

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The new geopolitical reality on China’s borders could trade short-term pain for long-term gain.

What Does Afghanistan Mean for US Allies in East Asia?

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The fall of Kabul is causing some to question Washington’s commitment to its East Asian allies.

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