Politics

Afghanistan is heading for civil war or worse

Deepening political crisis could prove to be fertile ground for separatist sentiments to grow in Afghanistan.

by Davood Moradian

Afghanistan

The need for inclusive partnership in Afghanistan

There is a dire need for statesmanship, a visionary and honest leadership, and a balanced and inclusive partnership.

by Omar Samad

Afghanistan

Afghanistan political crisis: Entitlement vs democracy

Only legitimate, effective and sustainable politics can untangle the country from its multitude of challenges.

by Davood Moradian

Politics

Ashraf Ghani's war strategy will fail

How can Ashraf Ghani wage an effective military campaign in Afghanistan if the origin of the threat is in Pakistan?

by Aimal Faizi

War & Conflict

Ashraf Ghani: A return to traditional Afghan governance

Afghan president's speech signals return to a consultative and consensual relationship between the state and society.

by Helena Malikyar

War & Conflict

The Taliban won't talk because it is winning

The situation in Afghanistan provides no incentive for the Taliban to negotiate with the Afghan government.

by Tom Hussain

Politics

Afghanistan: Stop calling for more wars

It is not anti-Americanism for Afghans to question the US military presence and the 'war on terror' in Afghanistan.

by Aimal Faizi

Afghanistan

What corruption indexes don't tell us about Afghanistan

The US-led international community's stability-first approach has neglected establishment of the rule of law.

by Helena Malikyar

Politics

Taliban peace talks: First empower the minorities

Are peace talks with the Taliban part of a national agenda or a nationalist plot by the Afghan government?

by Shuja Rabbani

Poverty & Development

Afghanistan's tough year, but optimism persists

2015 was arguably the year that showcased consequences of all erroneous policies in the country.

by Helena Malikyar

Taliban

Fierce fight for Helmand as Afghan Taliban gains ground

District falls to Taliban a day after Helmand's deputy governor warned president of losing the key province.

Afghanistan

Afghan intelligence chief quits over Pakistan ties

Rahmatullah Nabil cites "lack of agreement on policy matters" and criticises President Ghani's latest visit to Pakistan.

War & Conflict

Kunduz did not happen overnight

Pakistan and some Afghan politicians have foolishly played the ethnic card with deadly consequences.

by Helena Malikyar

Asia

Pentagon to make payments to Kunduz air strike families

US Department of Defense to make "condolence payments" to families of victims of US air strike on Afghan hospital.

Inside Story

Can the president of Afghanistan rein in the Taliban?

Ashraf Ghani suffers a setback on the first anniversary of his presidency.