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Afghan Civil War: How Long Can Kabul Last?

A C-5 Galaxy takes off from a runway at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. In recent years, the 22nd Airlift Squadron has participated in missions in Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom., cc USGOV-PD, modified, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:22d_Airlift_Squadron_C-5_taking_off_from_Bagram_Air_Base_Afghanistan.jpg

The Afghan government is on borrowed time after a string of battlefield successes by the Taliban.

Civil War Looms ahead of US Withdrawal from Afghanistan

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Surging violence is a grim reminder that there is no credible peace process for post-NATO Afghanistan.

Pakistan Faces Tough Choices in Post-US Afghanistan

Afghan uniform police use sticks to eradicate a poppy field near the city of Qalat, Zabul province, Afghanistan, May 4. Photo by 1st Lt. Brian Wagner, cc Flickr ResoluteSupportMedia, modified, https://flickr.com/photos/isafmedia/5688713447/in/photolist-9EK57G-9EG95P-81JFMe-8PLWnK-9EG9jk-82Jn5D-62nTzJ-9EK4Ns-81N9Qq-81MRRf-62jWoe-81K1G6-bs9TR3-62iBDB-62iNDg-bs9TSU-62pbXm-62pdqA-62iAer-81K1f8-62jVre-62nPWE-5ZwCnW-81Na57-5Zsnm8-81MQdf-62iyGR-bF4N7g-7G91jC-81N9io-7ujqo6-7PXF82-5ZsAWx-81MRBm-bF4NeT-62nNAS-81MQTm-81MRi7-p7Sp3M-bF4Ndi-9CZLjW-7G52MV-q4rzxx-5ZwKR3-5BWeE3-d7EtLQ-d7Ev4o-d7EriL-5BWeGu-5GgxxS

President Biden may have ended Washington’s endless war. But for Pakistan, the real struggle might just be beginning.

Winners and Losers as the Afghan Peace Process Enters its Endgame

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The ‘new normal’ will be forged by Afghan actors, but the stakes remain high for foreign stakeholders like China, the United States, India, and Pakistan.

History on Repeat: War and Peace in Afghanistan

A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter flies near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, March 22, 2007. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Cecilio M. Ricardo Jr, cc Flickr US Army, modified, https://www.flickr.com/photos/soldiersmediacenter/447153754/in/photolist-FvMeu-9i9qf3-9i9pmN-5wDz7N-9Xonsg-3ctN1a-2Nx4ov-9i9mG3-KBRT9-dNM8Yg-2Nx4Ca-dQPGQS-eSe9Ge-KBWMq-9XrokA-8RsGEh-dNyGHU-dP79V3-dP78X9-7z9kxr-7z9kDr-9XrgtL-9i9ygd-dP1yJk-9i6oK6-5wAskW-NnY2u-9i6x32-KBWMs-dQJ6Z4-KBWMu-9XoqvM-5ienyD-9i9DzU-9i6pUn-9i6ny2-KBRT5-NnWRC-9i9xME-61GStp-7z9kpV-9i6nce-9i6yfa-7zd7Eq-9i9st5-N5zy5-N5zxW-KBXbL-KBXbJ-7RiooV.)

Assessing Afghanistan’s past, present, and future as a US pullout looms.

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

A group of Afghan children in Mazari Sharif; these children are not Bacha Bazi. CC Flickr Afghanistan Matters, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

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

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

Combat Reconnaissance Patrol March 28-30, cc Flickr ResoluteSupportMedia, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

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”?

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