Asia Program

Afghanistan: Year of Decision

With elections looming and international forces withdrawing, 2014 is a year rife with uncertainty for Afghanistan. Over the course of 2014, the Asia Program will be providing context, through events, articles, and other products, for the many decisions to be made in Afghanistan this year—ones of great consequence for Afghanistan, its neighbors, and the international community.

Getting it Right in Afghanistan

Jul 08, 2014
Asia Program global fellow Huma Yusuf co-authored the chapter "Pakistan, the United States, and the Endgame in Afghanistan" for a new book published by the United States Institute of Peace.

Afghan Elections Result in Runoff

May 15, 2014
Michael Kugelman speaks to DW English about the upcoming runoff election in Afghanistan.

The Great Game That Won't Be

May 07, 2014
This article is part of a monthly series for Foreign Policy by Michael Kugelman that highlights possible post-2014 scenarios for Afghanistan.

New Issue of Wilson Quarterly Focuses on Afghanistan

May 06, 2014
The Spring 2014 issue of the Wilson Quarterly has been released. Focused on Afghanistan, it features articles by members of the Asia Program.

A Positive Surprise in Afghanistan

Apr 21, 2014
Senior Scholar Marvin Ott discusses the recent elections in Afghanistan.

What Afghanistan's Relatively Peaceful Election Tells Us About the Taliban

Apr 11, 2014
After weeks of relentless attacks by the Taliban many feared that the Afghan election would be a very bloody one. Yet, the 7 million people who turned out to vote largely escaped harm. Here's the likely explanation.

Afghan Elections: What's at Stake?

Apr 04, 2014
On April 5, Afghans head to the polls as the country attempts its first-ever peaceful and democratic transfer of power. Three experts on the ground will discuss the election results —to the extent that they are known—and their implications.

4 Reasons Elections Won't Fix Afghanistan

Apr 03, 2014
No matter how free, fair, credible, and legitimate the election ultimately is (or is not), Afghanistan has a long way to go before it becomes a more stable state. Here are four reasons why.
The Wrong Enemy

The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan 2001-2014

Mar 28, 2014
A conversation with Carlotta Gall, Former Afghanistan and Pakistan correspondent, New York Times

When the Afghan and Pakistani Taliban Unite

Mar 26, 2014
"Come next year, the Afghan and Pakistani Taliban could formally join forces-a jihadist juggernaut with alarming implications for regional stability," writes Michael Kugelman.
Naheed Farid, Member of Parliament, Afghanistan

Afghanistan: The View From Parliament

Mar 06, 2014
With an upcoming presidential election and the anticipated withdrawal of U.S. troops, 2014 will be a very important year for Afghanistan. Naheed Farid, Afghanistan’s youngest member of Parliament and a woman, talks about the concerns and hopes for women and young people in her country.

Civil Society in Afghanistan: Spark or Stumbling Block for Stability?

Feb 10, 2014
With international troops withdrawing from Afghanistan, Afghan efforts to promote security will increasingly be taking center stage. This event examines the extent to which Afghan nongovernment organizations (NGOs) can help achieve stability.

When Barry Met Hamid

Feb 18, 2014
Christina Lamb, one of Britain’s leading foreign correspondents and a Wilson Center Global Fellow, warns that Afghan President Hamid Karzai is “playing straight into the hands” of those who favor the complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. But Washington is also to blame for deplorable ties between Afghanistan and the United States.

Afghanistan Stability: a Pipe Dream?

Jan 13, 2014
"The stabilizing role of a post-2014 force - and its overall utility - would be modest at best," writes Michael Kugelman. "Afghanistan's future will largely be determined by domestic political considerations in South Asia that the U.S. has little ability - or desire - to influence."

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