Afghanistan

Assessing the International Community’s Obligation to Protect the Human Rights of Afghans

Christopher Fitzgerald • Dec 5 2021 • Articles

With the Taliban seeking humanitarian aid, the international community should tie any support to how the regime treats its citizens.

Opinion – Why Women’s Rights in the Gulf Matter for Afghanistan

Rachel A. George • Nov 21 2021 • Articles

For the Gulf states, there is a delicate balance between the region’s evolving geostrategic interests and a desire to appear as leaders of Muslim modernity.

“No Friend of Iran”: Tehran’s Responses to the Taliban’s Return to Power in Afghanistan

Jamsheed K. Choksy and Carol E. B. Choksy • Sep 13 2021 • Articles

Part of Tehran’s outreach to the Taliban has been to blame Afghanistan’s chaos on the US. But, past events suggest that the Taliban is no friend of Iran.

Reflections on Afghanistan: War is Folly for the Weak on Wisdom and Will

Robert Cassidy • Sep 12 2021 • Articles

Afghanistan is not the graveyard of empires, it is the graveyard of strategy.

Anarchy and Occupation: The US in the Mexican-American War and in Afghanistan

Ricardo Jasso • Sep 9 2021 • Articles

The lack of domination structures through which imperial or state power can be exerted strains, and renders futile, the capabilities of the occupying force.

Who Are the Taliban?

Grant Farr • Sep 6 2021 • Articles

We still do not know exactly how the Taliban will rule Afghanistan. Yet, experience suggests that many Afghans have much to fear – especially women and the Shi’a.

Thucydides in Afghanistan: Imperial Abstraction, Moral Displacement, and Hubris

Francis A. Beer and Robert Hariman • Sep 6 2021 • Articles

Astonishment at the fall of Kabul reflect habits of imperial abstraction, moral displacement and hubris that are prefigured in Thucydides writings about ancient Greece.

Afghanistan’s ‘Liberal’ History: Back to Year Zero?

Martin Duffy • Aug 31 2021 • Articles

An earlier, more liberal, Afghanistan possessed strong female figures and dynamic student societies in a civil society accustomed to the concept of protest.

No Clear Winner, One Clear Loser in Afghanistan

Gabriel Honrada and Daniyal Ranjbar • Aug 25 2021 • Articles

The Afghanistan conflict has provided the necessary dynamics of instability without stable institutions, making it an inviting strategic space for competing parties.

Opinion – The Fate and the Folly of the US Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Alexander Brotman • Aug 22 2021 • Articles

Whether or not America’s allies are willing to go along with Biden and bet on America’s enlightened return is the critical question in the wake of Afghanistan’s fall.

Opinion – What If Afghanistan Had Its Own Gandhi?

Jaimin Parikh • Aug 19 2021 • Articles

The lesson of Afghanistan seen through the eyes of Gandhi is that one cannot expect that peace, stability, nationalism, and conflict resolution can be enforced through violence.

Review – Warlord Survival: The Delusion of Statebuilding in Afghanistan

Florian P. Kühn • Jul 9 2021 • Features

Malejacq’s book presents a lively and detailed narrative of four significant ‘warlords’ and how they demonstrate the failings of external statebuilding in Afghanistan.

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