Beyond Afghanistan’s ‘Graveyard for the Living’
Even before President Trump’s bungled diplomacy undercut months of patient effort by his envoy, Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, the notoriously doctrinaire Taliban have shown little taste for compromise. Their rhetoric, which always tends toward the histrionic, is now triumphalist.
September 24, 2019
An Elusive Peace in Afghanistan
Free from Washington interference, the US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad pulled off a seemingly impossible feat. On March 12, after sixteen straight days of talks, US and Taliban negotiators wrapped up a significant part of the complex deal that could finally bring an end to the Afghan war.
March 27, 2019
In Kabul, Echoes of Saigon
Despite the shadow of Vietnam, for Afghans the melancholy fact is that the American public is not much engaged with what happens in Afghanistan, either way. Instead, it is looking more like the abandonment they suffered after the Soviets left in 1989.
August 28, 2018