Afghanistan’s Global Entanglements

  Thursday, November 18, 2021

By Prof. Magnus Marsden

For many viewers in the West, the horrific scenes at Kabul airport in August 2021 appeared to suggest that after a brief period of international intervention, Afghanistan had once again resume...

(Un)knowing the Country: Empire & the Genesis of the Afghanistan Expertise Industry

  Wednesday, November 03, 2021

By Martin J. Bayly

In light of the fall of Kabul to the Taliban, Afghanistan is back in the news, and Afghanistan expertise is back in fashion. In this Long Read, Martin J. Bayly explores the imperial histories that...

Learn from Afghan peace-talk mistakes: Zalmay Khalilzad is not the solution

  Tuesday, October 19, 2021

By Dr. Davood Moradian

Afghan leaders largely greeted the collapse last month of President Trump’s Camp David summit with the Taliban with relief. While Russia, Pakistan and Iran have all been supportive of talks with the Taliban, many Afghans refus...

Five people from Afghanistan who shaped Middle Eastern history

  Monday, September 20, 2021

By Nadda Osman

From Rumi to the Safavid Shah Abbas, the country has brought forth warriors, poets and ascetics who went on to define the history of the wider region

The region that now makes up mo...

China, Afghanistan, and the Belt and Road Initiative: Diplomacy and Reality

  Wednesday, September 15, 2021

By Magnus Marsden

China will face a number of difficulties in implementing the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in Afghanistan.

A series of diplomatic statements by China has indicated a