Afghanistan Peace Negotiation belongs in Afghanistan, not Qatar, Russia, or China

  Monday, December 14, 2020

By Michael Rubin

While American diplomats continue to spin U.S.-Taliban talks as aiming for a peace deal, Afghans are more realistic: They see Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad’s diplomatic process as aiming not at peace but rathe...

Islamic State Wilayat Khorasan: Phony Caliphate or bona fide province?

  Wednesday, December 02, 2020

By Siddhant Kishore

While there is raging debate about whether the Taliban and the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) are foes or operational allies, there is little doubt that ISKP c...

Afghanistan and its donors: a critical time

  Monday, November 23, 2020

By Nematullah Bizhan

The Geneva Conference on Afghanistan, on 23 and 24 November, presents an important opportunity for renewing t...

Qatar, the Taliban, and the Gulf Schism

  Tuesday, October 20, 2020

By David B. Roberts

Qatar’s mediation efforts and activist foreign policy set up a Manichean split between opposing world views.



Resurging terrorism

  Thursday, October 08, 2020

By Syed Akhtar Ali Shah 

Current incidents of terrorism are either propelled by ethno-nationalism or by religious militancy

Three militants killed in an encounter in...