Flagship report

Illicit Networks-Zaranj

Wed, Jul 15, 2020

Strategies for reforming Afghanistan’s illicit networks

Authored in-house and advised upon by senior fellows Ambassador James B. Cunningham, Ambassador Omar Samad, Marika Theros, Javid Ahmad, and Fatemeh Aman, this report explores illicit networks in Afghanistan in the context of peacebuilding, democratic consolidation, and enhancing state capacity. It concludes by outlining several specific policy recommendations that will be necessary to combat the illicit networks in a manner that supports the durability of the ongoing peace process in Afghanistan and the continued consolidation of its fragile democratic institutions.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Harris Samad and Fatima Salman

Afghanistan Arms Control

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Fri, May 15, 2020

Afghan migrants: Unwanted in Iran and at home

Tensions between Iran and Afghanistan are rising over the alleged drowning of Afghan migrants in the Harirud River by Iranian border guards in early May.

IranSource by Fatemeh Aman

Afghanistan Iran

Tue, May 12, 2020

Will India amend its approach to Afghanistan peace?

As India considers its next steps in Afghanistan, it may well conclude that it can no longer remain a mere spectator in peace efforts. This may include more aggressive calls for a humanitarian ceasefire, seeking more clarity about Pakistan’s role in the peace process, and possibly seeking an observer role in the future intra-Afghan talks

New Atlanticist by Javid Ahmad

Afghanistan Conflict

Fri, May 1, 2020

How to make a bad situation much worse: Run from Afghanistan because of the virus

Recent news reports suggest that US President Donald J. Trump is seriously considering withdrawing US troops from Afghanistan because of concerns relating to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). There are arguments for the United States to stay and to go, but this is a bad one on every count. Our troops will be exposed to COVID-19 wherever they are. In Afghanistan, our military presence is key to the strategy the Trump administration has been laboring to implement to foment peace.

New Atlanticist by James B Cunningham, Hugo Llorens, Richard Olson, Ronald E. Neumann, and Earl Anthony Wayne

Afghanistan Conflict

Fri, Apr 24, 2020

Cunningham joins USIP Inaugural Afghanistan Peace Process Study Group to discuss US Policy Recommendations for the Peace Process

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Crisis Management

Fri, Apr 24, 2020

Afghanistan needs a ceasefire now to battle COVID-19

COVID-19 will not wait for negotiators to reach a humanitarian ceasefire. This is not the time to place political goals above public health or to exploit divisions. A coordinated plan of action, grounded in a public health perspective and which prioritizes pausing the violence, is necessary in order to save lives. Any actor using the pandemic to score political points or to strengthen their hand at the negotiation table cannot be truly committed to peace in Afghanistan.

New Atlanticist by Marika Theros and Sahar Halaimzai

Afghanistan Conflict

Tue, Apr 21, 2020

Cohen in Newsweek: Pandemic or not, the US can’t afford to drop the ball on peace in Afghanistan

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Central Asia

Sat, Apr 18, 2020

Kabul attack: Overseas Indian fighters haunt India’s interests abroad

This is the first instance when IS has used an Indian national to spread terror on the handful of remaining Sikh residents in Kabul. The symbolism of an Indian fighter indiscriminately gunning down worshippers is not lost on India, which promises to provide citizenship to the religiously-persecuted Afghan Sikh community. The attack has brought home a haunting realization that Indian nationals who joined jihadist groups like al-Qaeda and the IS in Syria and Afghanistan pose a tremendous security threat and are likely to be used to attack Indian interests at home and abroad.

New Atlanticist by Shweta Desai

Afghanistan India

Thu, Apr 9, 2020

Aman in Iran International: Discussing the South Asia Center’s video conference on Covid-19 in Iran, Afghanistan, and densely populated border regions

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Coronavirus

Thu, Apr 9, 2020

The unique challenges posed by COVID-19 in Iran and Afghanistan

The following interview was conducted on April 7th, 2020. On the 7th of April 2020, the South Asia Center and the Future of Iran Initiative hosted a virtual panel on Iran and Afghanistan’s public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic, moderated by Nonresident Senior Fellow Fatemeh Aman. The panel consisted of Dr. Fatima Rezaei, Iran Country […]

Timely Commentary & Analysis by South Asia Center

Afghanistan Coronavirus

Tue, Apr 7, 2020

Slavin quoted in Jewish News Syndicate on US-Taliban deal

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Iran