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Collateral Damage in Afghanistan: America's Soul

Jeff Faux | Posted 10.17.2015 | Politics
Jeff Faux

Our presumed good intentions allow us to rationalize destroyed hospitals, pulverized houses and children's corpses as preventable accidents, so long as we promise to try real hard to avoid such errors during the next blitz.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Returns to Kabul

Abdullah Sharif | Posted 06.09.2015 | World
Abdullah Sharif

If the Afghan government wishes to combat the Taliban and get support from rank and file Afghans, it is imperative that they provide basic services to the people. This would be almost impossible to achieve in the absence of bureaucrats.

Afghan Government Finally Announces A Cabinet List

AP | LYNNE O'DONNELL and RAHIM FAIEZ | Posted 03.14.2015 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — After months of delays and missed deadlines, the Afghan government on Monday finally unveiled its full list of Cabinet nom...

End the Afghanistan War Now

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics
Joseph Blady, M.D.

The great thing about Afghanistan is that as soon as you start to forget why we should leave, something happens to remind you. Just how many reminders do we need? How much longer will we allow a tragedy that can no longer command front page coverage continue to torture American families?

How to Win in Afghanistan: Part 3 -- Out-Govern the Taliban

Matt Zeller | Posted 12.22.2012 | World
Matt Zeller

The Taliban continues to out-govern the inept Afghan government at nearly every turn (creating "converts" or passive supporters) along the way, further eroding Afghan government influence and/or control over the local population.

How to Win in Afghanistan: Part 1 -- Reform the Afghan Central Government

Matt Zeller | Posted 12.16.2012 | World
Matt Zeller

The Afghan government -- and by extension the Afghan state -- has been doomed to failure. Power is too centralized and concentrated with the Afghan president, and corruption has it rotten to the core.

Afghan Negotiator Sees Progress In Taliban Peace Talks

Reuters | Posted 12.14.2012 | World

* Stanekzai badly hurt in blast last year that killed ex-president * Optimistic that political settlement can be reached ...

Afghanistan: Avoiding a Bad Marriage

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics
Joseph Blady, M.D.

Do we have national interest in the region? Well, yes, but that means Pakistan, not Afghanistan. There is no evidence that squatting in Afghanistan is doing anything for safeguarding Pakistan's nuclear weapons.

Taliban Spring Offensive 'Cowardly and Un-Islamic'

AP | CHRIS BLAKE | Posted 07.07.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan government on Monday condemned the recent Taliban announcement of the start of their annual "spring offensive," ...

Night Raids: For Afghan Civilians, the Costs May Outweigh the Benefits

Erica Gaston | Posted 11.19.2011 | World
Erica Gaston

While individual night raids are unquestionably effective at getting insurgent leaders, the larger costs of night raids may outweigh the benefits.

How Afghanistan Is Rebuilding Itself

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 11.12.2011 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

"One of the things that people don't appreciate is how dramatically far Afghanistan has come in the last ten years, in terms of the capacity for governance."

U.S.-Taliban Talks Scuttled By Afghan Government

AP | KATHY GANNON and ANNE GEARAN | Posted 10.29.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — Direct U.S. talks with the Taliban had evolved to a substantive negotiation before Afghan officials, nervous that the secre...

Senate Report Slams Nation-Building Efforts in Afghanistan

Malou Innocent | Posted 08.08.2011 | World
Malou Innocent

Given the corruption and dependency we'll leave in our wake, without an introspective self-critique our policies, America could turn Afghanistan into Central Asia's Haiti.

Afghan Government Loses Opportunity By Moving Slowly To Recruit Taliban Defectors

The Washington Post | Posted 07.19.2011 | World

The Afghan government has moved so slowly to recruit Taliban defectors that U.S. and Afghan officials say they are losing an opportunity to capitalize...

An Economic Handover in Afghanistan

John Sullivan | Posted 05.29.2011 | World
John Sullivan

Afghanistan's economic and security futures are intertwined; neither will be secure without the other. After ten years of NATO engagement in Afghanist...

Honest Abdul Says Be Patient

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Taliban Code Of Conduct Seeks To Win Hearts, Minds

AP | MATIULLAH ACHAKZAI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan — An updated Taliban code of conduct urges fighters to avoid killing civilians and forbids them from seizing weapons an...

Wikileaks Document Dump Supports New Rules of Engagement and Need for Responsible Transition

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

When the firestorm over the latest Wikileaks document dump dies down, let's hope that a responsible transition strategy remains standing.

Taliban Suicide Squad Targets Afghan Government Compound

AP | AMIR SHAH and MIRWAIS KHAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — Taliban suicide bombers disguised as police attacked a government compound Wednesday in southwestern Afghanistan in an assault that left...

Afghanistan Fraud Is Focus Of US Military Intelligence

New York Times | THOM SHANKER and ERIC SCHMITT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The military's intelligence network in Afghanistan, designed for identifying and tracking terrorists and insurgents, is increasingly focused on uncove...

Afghanistan Vote Masks Obama's Predicament, Again

AP | ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's relief at the agreement that could quiet the political crisis over Afghanistan's spoiled election masks hi...

Build, Don't Destroy in Afghanistan: An Open Letter to President Obama

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Wallis

Already, thousands of our readers have signed a letter and contacted the White House urging a new way forward in Afghanistan. I encourage you to read it and to endorse this message if you have not done so already.

Better Evidence Will Lead To More Justice In Afghanistan

Jonathan Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jonathan Horowitz

Rule of law is the lynchpin to long-term stability in Afghanistan. Yet the military's tradition of steering clear of law enforcement activities, especially evidence-gathering responsibilities, is weakening the justice system.

Afghanistan: A Whole New Approach

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Wallis

When you massively intervene in a country as much as the U.S. has in Afghanistan, you can't responsibly just walk away. We must lead with what works -- development.

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai Leads Heading Into Election

AP | FISNIK ABRASHI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — A new poll released Friday shows President Hamid Karzai has a commanding lead over other candidates contesting next week's Afghan presid...