Taliban Talks

Taliban Reloaded: New Regime, Old Name

Two women walk past the huge cavity where one of the ancient Buddhas of Bamiyan, known to locals as the

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

How Much Equipment Did the US Military Just Forfeit in Afghanistan?

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Billions of dollars’ worth of US weapons and equipment have fallen into Taliban hands, making the new regime a military force in the region from day one.

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.

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.

Obstacles and Opportunities on the Long Road to Peace in Afghanistan

cc Flickr ResoluteSupportMedia, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/, GHŌR, Afghanistan (May 28, 2012) – A member of the Afghanistan National Security Force loads a weapons cache onto the back of a pick-up truck. The weapons were turned in by former Taliban fighters in order to join the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Program. (Department of Defense photograph by Lt. j. g. Joe Painter/RELEASED)

Peace talks represent a significant achievement. Nevertheless, there are a number of political roadblocks to overcome—as well as fresh opportunities for Afghans and external actors.

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?

Former Taliban fighters hand in their guns / GHŌR, Afghanistan (May 28, 2012) – Former Taliban fighters line up to handover their Rifles to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan during a reintegration ceremony at the provincial governor’s compound. The re-integrees formally announced their agreement to join the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Program during the ceremony. (Department of Defense photograph by Lt. j. g. Joe Painter/RELEASED) / https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Former_Taliban_fighters_return_arms.jpg

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

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