Afghanistan News

It's Not All Fear and Loathing in Kabul

Sep 11, 2014
Michael Kugelman gives several reasons why there is still hope for a positive outcome to the current impasse in Afghanistan's election crisis. "No one ever said it will be easy to craft a happy ending to this tale -- but it's still quite possible," he writes.

Bad as Baghdadi? Pakistan’s Most Dangerous Man

Sep 08, 2014
"If there is one militant organization capable of approaching the sheer savagery of Islamic State—and of approaching the extent to which social media is used to showcase such savagery—it is the Pakistani Taliban," writes Michael Kugelman.

NATO’s Difficult Trifecta

Sep 03, 2014
"This week's NATO summit of sixty world leaders may be the most important such meeting since the organization—the world’s mightiest military alliance—was created, in 1949," writes Robin Wright.

Abdullah's Withdrawal Deals 'Heavy Blow' to Afghan Election Audit

Aug 29, 2014
A spokesman for Abdullah Abdullah says the Afghan presidential candidate will reject the results of the election audit. The move could deepen the crisis and prove catastrophic, said Michael Kugelman in this interview with Deutsche Welle.

Why Afghanistan Should Be Worried About Pakistan's Political Crisis

Aug 21, 2014
This month, Pakistan has experienced its most serious political crisis in years. While the outcome of the protests remains uncertain, this much is clear: The Pakistani military is the big winner. This is bad news for Pakistan's fragile democracy -- but also for fragile Afghanistan.

Pakistan and Afghanistan: Losing the Blame Game on Militancy

Aug 07, 2014
Islamabad and Kabul need to stop bickering and start cooperating on a coordinated counterterrorism strategy, argues Wilson Center Global Fellow Huma Yusuf in a new commentary written exclusively for the Asia Program website.

Afghanistan Is Not the Next Iraq

Jul 24, 2014
Could Afghanistan be the next Iraq? Michael Kugelman provides four reasons to believe that Afghanistan could avert Iraq’s frightening fate.

The Iran Factor in Afghanistan

Jul 14, 2014
In recent years -- and especially in recent weeks, amid the alarmingly rapid gains of the militant group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) -- much ink has been spilled about the role that Iran plays in neighboring Iraq. Considerably less has been said about the role Iran plays in Afghanistan.

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.

'Daunting Challenges' Await Future Afghan President

Jun 17, 2014
Defying Taliban threats, Afghans headed back to the polls to choose the successor of President Hamid Karzai. Michael Kugelman talks about the formidable challenges that await whoever wins this close-fought election in an interview by DW.

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