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”

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”

Pakistan, intelligence, and terrorism: Struggles facing one of America’s most necessary and controversial allies in the Middle East

By Christian M. Bills* Guest contributor Since their inception as an autonomous state, the United States has regarded Pakistan as a key nation for regional stability and projection of power. Throughout the Cold War, Pakistan was viewed as an important buffer state or launch point against the USSR and China should hostilities break out. FollowingContinue reading “Pakistan, intelligence, and terrorism: Struggles facing one of America’s most necessary and controversial allies in the Middle East”