The US’ ‘Strategic Failure’ in Afghanistan: 20 years in the making

By Ian Teunissen van Manen North America Analyst  When the US completed the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan on August 30th, 2021, it officially ended the US’ “longest war” (Parkin & Williams, 2021). However, this was not something that was entirely deserving of celebration- the withdrawal was messy, chaotic, and ultimately was not successfulContinue reading “The US’ ‘Strategic Failure’ in Afghanistan: 20 years in the making”

Increasing pressure: the limited confrontation of Tajikistan and the Taliban (for now?)

By Turan Gafarli Russia & FSU Analyst The radical change in Afghanistan failed to bring immediate global recognition for the Taliban. Even its neighbours are highly sceptical about the revival of the Islamist regime and preserving their distance to engage in cooperation.  The situation creates dangers for the region’s stability which is under question moreContinue reading “Increasing pressure: the limited confrontation of Tajikistan and the Taliban (for now?)”

The Taliban and Pakistan face a conundrum over their border

By Will Xue Barlow*Guest Contributor The Afghan Taliban leadership council have announced the cabinet of their self-proclaimed Emirate. It consists of many old faces of the Taliban Quetta Shura (council), who themselves were formed around a core of 10 former Taliban leaders and ministers who fled to Quetta, Pakistan, in 2001. These 33 ministers includeContinue reading “The Taliban and Pakistan face a conundrum over their border”