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Fixing a Failed Strategy in Afghanistan

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2009 | 3:27 PM

As the debate on future U.S. strategy draws to a close, the war in Afghanistan is spreading to the North (an area that had previously been relatively quiet), the balance of power in Afghanistan has shifted in the Taliban's favor, and the Afghan government continues to lose legitimacy in the...

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Who Are the Taliban?

(20) Comments | Posted October 27, 2009 | 1:33 PM

In recent weeks, reporters have seized on intelligence analyses concluding that most of the Taliban in Afghanistan are economically motivated, and only a small percentage are actually committed to the fight on principle. After extensive travels in Afghanistan in the spring and summer of 2009, I try to shed light...

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Filling the Void: Dispatch from Afghanistan

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2009 | 6:02 PM

The United States chose President Hamid Karzai to succeed the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001 mainly because of his closeness to the Bush administration. Karzai is believed to have won another term in a disputed election last week, but the results are still unclear, and he may face a...

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Dispatch from Kandahar

(2) Comments | Posted August 19, 2009 | 6:18 PM

In all my visits to Afghanistan since 1988, I have never seen as high a level of distrust and hostility between Pashtuns and other ethnic groups as I have witnessed this year. This contested country has a long history of ethnic tensions, which have only become more acute in recent...

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Afghanistan Dispatch: Inside Kabul

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2009 | 1:59 PM

Throughout August, Carnegie's Gilles Dorronsoro will be traveling in Afghanistan, providing first-hand insights into the staggering challenges facing the country as it struggles to become a functioning democracy. With presidential elections nearly a week away, Dorronsoro starts his journey in Kabul, where many of the issues affecting the country --...

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