Inside Story

Can the Taliban be defeated?

The group recently resumed its spring offensive, with multiple attacks and bombings.

Can the Taliban be defeated?

Taliban

Propaganda war between Taliban and Afghan government

Away from the bombs and the bullets, there is another war being fought in Afghanistan, one of propaganda and the winning of hearts and minds.

Afghanistan

Afghan president offers to recognise the Taliban

Ashraf Ghani proposes a ceasefire and prisoner release in hopes of reaching a peace agreement with the armed group.

Opinion

Ashraf Ghani is not an ethnonationalist

I have known President Ashraf Ghani for a while and I see him as a unifying force in Afghanistan.

Ajmal Shams

by Ajmal Shams

Ajmal Shams

Opinion

Ashraf Ghani: 'Philosopher king' or ethnonationalist?

Despite being labelled as an intellectual politician, Ashraf Ghani has been pursuing reckless identity politics.

Eisa Khan Ayoobi

by Eisa Khan Ayoobi

Eisa Khan Ayoobi

Opinion

The Afghan president has more powers than a king

The Afghan constitution which gives unprecedented powers to the president is at the heart of a major crisis in Kabul.

Nazif Shahrani

by Nazif Shahrani

Nazif Shahrani

Asia

US report puts Afghan security deficiencies in focus

Trump and Ghani hold talks in New York as report says US approach to Afghanistan lacked 'whole of government approach'.

Afghanistan

US supports probe into Afghan VP over alleged assault

State Department backs Afghanistan's investigation into accusations of torture and sex abuse by Abdul Rashid Dostum.

US supports probe into Afghan VP over alleged assault

Opinion

Afghans must support peace deal with Hekmatyar

Ashraf Ghani's deal with a hardline party is a positive step, but Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has a lot to deliver.

Aimal Faizi

by Aimal Faizi

Aimal Faizi

Opinion

Ashraf Ghani's gamble with 'butcher of Kabul'

For the Afghan president, a deal with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is a political win, but it may not bring political stability.

Najib Sharifi

by Najib Sharifi

Najib Sharifi

Opinion

Afghanistan: Beyond reactive tactics and quick fixes

How Afghan leaders deal with the security crisis, amid their own internal disputes, will determine Afghanistan's future.

Waliullah Rahmani

by Waliullah Rahmani
- David Kilcullen

Waliullah Rahmani

Opinion

No consensus in Afghanistan on how to deal with Taliban

Afghans still divided over whether the Taliban is the enemy or a band of "dissatisfied brothers".

Massoumeh Torfeh

by Massoumeh Torfeh

Massoumeh Torfeh

Opinion

Afghanistan is heading for civil war or worse

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

Davood Moradian

by Davood Moradian

Davood Moradian

Opinion

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.

Omar Samad

by Omar Samad

Omar Samad

Opinion

Afghanistan political crisis: Entitlement vs democracy

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

Davood Moradian

by Davood Moradian

Davood Moradian