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Nemesis: Why the west was doomed to lose in Afghanistan

Anatol Lieven, Prospect – 27 August 2021 Anatol Lieven recounts his NATO-organised trip to Camp Shorabak, an Afghan military base, in 2013 where he first realised that the West’s Afghanistan campaign was doomed. Speaking of military support in Africa, the author also states that “any chance of success depends on Britain and Europe learning the…

Learning from the War: “Who Lost Afghanistan?” versus Learning “Why We Lost”

Anthony H. Cordesman, Center for Strategic and International Studies – 10 August 2021 As the Taliban surrounds Kabul and takes control of the country, in this report on CSIS the author predicts “a partisan U.S. political battle over who lost Afghanistan”. The author states “the key issue is not why the war was lost, it…

Afghanistan: Peace demands sacrifice

Taj Ayubi, Al Jazeera – 10 August 2021 Dialogue between regional and international actors and sacrifices on both of the warring sides are needed to ensure the stability and prosperity of Afghanistan, according to this report on Al Jazeera. The article states “when it comes to all matters of the country, including war and peace,…

As U.S. Leaves Afghanistan, History Suggests It May Struggle to Stay Out

Ben Hubbard, The New York Times – 10 August 2021 Looking at the current collapse of state order within Afghanistan and the events after the withdrawal from Iraq in 2011, this article on The New York Times discusses why the U.S. may struggle to keep troops out of Afghanistan. The article states “The challenge of…

An uneasy limbo for US-Pakistan relations amidst the withdrawal from Afghanistan

Madiha Afzal, Brookings – 6 August 2021 The relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan has, for years, been defined by both state’s interests in the war in Afghanistan. This article on Brookings looks at the U.S.’ and Pakistan’s official stance on the situation and discusses why it may define their future relationship as well. Read…

Is a Civil War following Afghanistan?

Rajarsahi Chakraborty, Jawaharlal Nehru University – 6 August 2021 By the first quarter of 2021, Afghanistan has witnessed the resurgent of Taliban which has killed 573 people and left 1210 injured. As of July 2021, out of total districts, 223 districts are captured by the Taliban, 111 districts are contested between the Taliban and the Afghan government and…

Where are Australia’s liberal values when it comes to Afghanistan?

Daryl Guppy, South China Morning Post – 17 July 2021 In this opinion article on SCMP, Daryl Guppy questions Australia’s adherence to its liberal values regarding delays in granting visas to the Afghan subcontractors who supported the Australian forces during their military occupation. Guppy states “walking away from those who put their lives on the…

In One Afghan District, Peace From 8 A.M. to 5 P.M.

Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Taimoor Shah and Fahim Abed, The New York Times – 8 March 2021 During the day in Panjwai, Afghanistan, you’d be forgiven for thinking the war had ended. An unofficial ceasefire, this is an example of how small communities, exhausted from violence, can govern the fighting without foreign intervention or reliance on government. This article in…