Tag Archives: Taliban

US Policy of ‘Pragmatic Engagement’ Risks Legitimatizing Taliban Rule

The Biden administration has a choice: Try to keep the Doha deal alive by pressuring the Taliban into intra-Afghan talks, or accept that the deal is now dead. Either way, “pragmatic engagement” with the Taliban has shown itself to be wanting.

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Why Afghanistan Still Poses a Threat to the Region and Beyond

Two years on from taking control of Afghanistan the Taliban continues to rule through fear and threatens the stability of the whole region.

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What Would it Take to Recognize the Taliban?

ince the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August 2021, speculation has been rife over whether the group would achieve the global recognition that has long eluded it. Early on, analysts predicted that in a quest for legitimacy, a reformed Taliban, whose rhetoric promised a modern and moderate approach to governance, would honor basic human rights and prevent Afghanistan from again becoming …

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Afghanistan Watchdog: ‘You’re Gonna See Pilferage’ of US Aid to Ukraine

In the past year, Congress has allocated roughly $113 billion in support of Ukraine’s efforts to beat back Russia’s brutal invasion. More or less overnight, Kyiv became far and away the largest single recipient of U.S. military and economic support. In order to track all that spending, government watchdogs have taken some notable steps to expand oversight. The inspectors general …

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Afghanistan’s Taliban Reportedly Have Control of US Biometric Devices

n the wake of the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul and the ouster of the Afghan national government in August 2021, alarming reports indicated that the insurgents had potentially accessed biometric data collected by the U.S. to track Afghans, including people who worked for U.S. and coalition forces. Afghans who once supported the U.S. have been attempting to hide or destroy …

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Pakistan’s Troubled Ties with Afghanistan’s Taliban

Pakistan must continue to treat Afghanistan as a policy priority, despite its internal issues. It must also convince the international community of its commitment to peace in Afghanistan and continue to fight for humanitarian assistance to be given to Afghanistan.

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Afghanistan: Assassination of Al-Zawahiri Reveals Tensions Within the Taliban

For Afghanistan, al-Zawahiri’s death may have dire implications. Accusations of cooperating with the Americans will affect the already divided Taliban leadership – which could lead to bitter internecine fighting within it. And the presence of a terrorist as prominent as al-Zawahiri supposedly under the protection of senior Taliban cadres will not help US-Taliban relations. It is a direct breach of the Doha accords.

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Earthquake Poses Test of US Resistance to the Taliban

Will the administration take additional steps to help Afghanistan or sit on the sidelines because it won’t recognize the government?

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Why the Afghan Government Collapsed After the US Withdrawal

The first sentence of an interim report released yesterday on the collapse of the Afghan military concludes that “the single most important factor in the [Afghan National Defense and Security Forces’] collapse in August 2021 was the U.S. decision to withdraw military forces and contractors from Afghanistan through signing the U.S.-Taliban agreement in February 2020.” Reuters adopted this sentence in its headline covering …

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Evaluating Lessons of the Afghan War

Talibanization has resulted in a strengthening of a strict, close to the Wahabi form of Islamic practice that today has been radicalized and does have connections to terrorism. Coping with the residual legacy of the Afghan war will take decades and demand considerable economic and intellectual effort.

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