Taliban Talks

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.

The Afghan Diaspora and Peace Talks: Diverse Perspectives and Grassroots Action Are Key

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Lasting peace can only come after all stakeholders get a place at the negotiating table.

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.

The Great Game Revived: India’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 India’s foreign policy there.

Taliban Talks: “Vietnamization” Redux?

An Afghan commando, with the Afghan National Army’s 3rd Commando Kandak, provides security overwatch via rooftop for fellow Commandos and U.S. Navy SEALs , with Special Operations Task Force – South, during a village clearing operation in Khakrez district, May 6, Kandahar province, Afghanistan. Missions such as these are conducted on a regular basis to hinder Taliban influence throughout the province and increase security for the general populace.

In this latest round of Taliban talks, will the United States repeat historical mistakes or manage to overcome them?

Latest SIGAR Report on Afghanistan Outlines New Setbacks

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Ignored by a midterm obsessed mainstream media, Afghanistan continues its slow but steady deterioration.

What Will a Post-NATO Afghanistan Look Like?

Afghan troups marching

Examining some possible scenarios should NATO forces completely withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014.

The Winding Road to Direct Taliban Talks

Taliban Arms

Here's some background on the direct US-Taliban negotiations that are set to commence in Doha.

Pakistan’s Militant Groups Splintering

Pakistan security situation non-state armed groups

It's a dizzying time for anyone trying to keep track of militant groups in Pakistan. Over the past two years, ever smaller groups keep appearing; as they do, they focus on more specific kinds of attacks.

Taliban Talks? Think Again

US and Taliban interests and motivations

It seems that Afghan and NATO authorities are once more seeking a dialogue with the Taliban- even after last year’s debacle of being fooled by a ‘very clever’ Pakistani shopkeeper pretending to be a Taliban official.

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