Afghanistan’s Global Entanglements
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
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
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
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...