Taliban

“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.

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.

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.

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.

What Happened to the Afghan Peace Talks?

Grant Farr • Feb 24 2021 • Articles

The negotiations with the Taliban are on hold and Afghanistan appears stuck. The government in Kabul now waits to see what the new Biden team will do.

Afghan Refugees and the Coronavirus Pandemic

Grant Farr • May 26 2020 • Articles

Afghanistan has neither the medical facilities nor the organizational structure to deal with these returning refugees and the pandemic they bring.

Opinion – International Humanitarian Law Should Have Been Part of the Taliban Deal

Todd Carney • Mar 24 2020 • Articles

By not providing specific provisions to curb the Taliban’s warfare tactics and get them to agree to IHL provisions, the US missed an opportunity.

The Afghan Peace Talks, China, and the Afghan Elections

Grant Farr • Dec 23 2019 • Articles

As the United States pulls back from international commitments, and Afghanistan continues to be internally unstable, China is glad to step in.

Peace in Afghanistan?

Grant Farr • Apr 20 2019 • Articles

America’s involvement in Afghanistan has to end. Yet, however well intentioned America’s withdrawal is, chaos and internal armed conflict will follow.

Interview – Mike Martin

E-International Relations • Mar 21 2019 • Features

Mike Martin discusses his career in the British Army and risk management, recent negotiations between the US and the Taliban, and the importance of ideology in conflict.

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