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Regardless of who wins in November, the US is likely to stay in Afghanistan

JULY 14, 2020 Written by Sara Bakhtiar Responsible Statecraft Quincy Institute After nearly two decades trapped in an endless war in Afghanistan, a key part of Congress voted once more to extend the U.S. military’s stay in the country, as the House Armed Services Committee’s passed an amendment to make it more difficult for the Trump administration

Coronavirus pushing millions of Afghans into poverty: SIGAR

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA AND NEWS AGENCIES 31 July 2020 New report says virus is overwhelming Afghanistan’s healthcare system, with one-third of the population in a crisis. More than 36,500 people have been infected with the new coronavirus in Afghanistan The coronavirus pandemic is pushing millions more Afghans into poverty, overwhelming the country’s basic healthcare system and

The U.S. must respond forcefully to Russia and the Taliban. Here’s how.

Opinion by John W. Nicholson The Washington Post July 14, 2020 John W. Nicholson, a retired Army general, commanded U.S. and NATO-led international forces in Afghanistan from March 2016 to September 2018. He was the longest-serving commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan. President Trump addresses U.S. troops at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, on Nov. 28, 2019.

U.S., Russian interests overlap in Afghanistan. So, why offer bounties to the Taliban?

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 / BY: Andrew Wilder United States Institute of Peace Moscow’s support for the Taliban has been more tactical in nature than strategic, says Andrew Wilder. Recent intelligence reports indicating that Russian bounties paid to the Taliban to kill U.S. troops have bolstered American and Afghan officials’ long-held allegations that Moscow has been engaged in

Don’t Let Russian Meddling Derail Afghanistan Withdrawal Plans

Opinion Editorial Board The New York Times 7 July 2020 Allegations of bounties paid for the deaths of U.S. soldiers are serious. But the White House ought to stay the course toward a peace deal. The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values.

Both Medicine and Poison: The Paradox of Support to Afghanistan

By Kate Clark, co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network Tolo News 15 June 2020 Why, after almost two decades of massive international aid, are greater numbers of Afghans living in poverty than in the aftermath of the Taliban’s fall? Why has the vision of Afghanistan laid out in the 2001 Bonn Agreement and 2004 Constitution

The unfulfilled promise and limitations of China’s involvement in Afghanistan

A BRI(dge) too far: The unfulfilled promise and limitations of China’s involvement in Afghanistan Vanda Felbab-Brown Brookings Institution June 2020 DOWNLOAD  Download the full report EXECUTIVE SUMMARY China’s focus on and presence in Afghanistan has grown significantly over the past decade. However, the original emphasis on economic relations has been eclipsed by China’s security agenda

The Cost of Support to Afghanistan: New special report considers the causes of inequality, poverty and a failing democracy

The Cost of Support to Afghanistan: Considering inequality, poverty and lack of democracy through the ‘rentier state’ lens Kate Clark  Afghanistan Analysts Network 29 May 2020 A new AAN special report looks at why the political vision of the 2002 Bonn Agreement and 2004 constitution with its promises of a representative democracy has failed to

How the US and Afghanistan can jump-start talks with the Taliban

Reduction in violence is a key prerequisite for the Afghan government and the Taliban to sit at the negotiating table. by Michael Kugelman 31 May 2020 Al Jazeera US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is greeted by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan on June 25, 2019 [File: Reuters/Jacquelyn Martin]

Peace in Afghanistan

Ending the Afghanistan War Responsibly May 18, 2020 n February 29, 2020, the United States and the Taliban signed an agreement paving a path for the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO troops from Afghanistan. A full military withdrawal is necessary and should proceed without delay. To end the war responsibly, however, the exit of troops

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