Iran, Al-Qaeda and the Taliban; Close Relations between Shiite and Sunni Fundamentalists: A Strategic Move or a Matter of Expediency?

  Thursday, March 23, 2023

By Rahmatullah Nabil

In this commentary, Rahmatullah Nabil, the former Head of the National Directorate of Security of Afghanistan (2010-2015), discusses the relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.

The appointment of two prominent and seasoned Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) officers with close ties to the Taliban as the new Ambassador and Deputy Ambassador of Iran in Afghanistan, and the handing over of the Afgha...

Resisting the Taliban’s New Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan

  Friday, March 17, 2023

Co-Authored by Zalmai Neshat, AISS Research Fellow

"With the arrival of the Taliban, women were removed from society." Hoda Khamosh Journalist featured on 2022 TIME 100 list


How Afghanistan’s Money Exchangers Have Worked Around the Taliban

  Monday, December 19, 2022

Dr. Nafay Choudhury 

A year after the Taliban took power, Afghanistan’s money exchangers are being squeezed by economic turmoil and harsh rules implemented by the new regime. But while their market has certainly seen better days, the 400 exchangers hustling i...

Knowledge, attitudes, practice of people toward the COVID-19 pandemics, and its impact in Afghanistan

  Friday, November 18, 2022

By Khwaja Mir Islam Saeed, Narges Neyazi and Khushal Nabizada

COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the social and economic norms. Knowledge, Attitude and Practices studies are used to address the information gap for further strategic decision making to control the...

The Lionesses of Kabul & Tehran in Khorasan

  Friday, October 21, 2022

By Dr. Davood Moradian

Just days after the Taliban’s occupation of Herat in August last year, a group of Herati women gathered outside the governor’s off...

Why Did Secretary Austin Receive Pakistan's Military Leader With Full Honors?

  Thursday, October 06, 2022

By Dr. Michael Rubin

Earlier today, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, chief of staff of the Pakistani Army, visited the Pentagon. Secretaries of defense regularly receive senior foreign defense officials, but not every visit is the same. When Ben Wallace, the United Kingdom...