Category Archives: Afghan Politics

Afghanistan : des milices pour quoi faire ?

Donald Trump s’est toujours refusé à livrer un plan de lutte contre Daech. Il a, en revanche, maintes fois affirmé son intention d’intensifier les bombardements aériens contre l’organisation terroriste et sa volonté de rompre avec la stratégie de l’actuel gouvernement … Continue reading

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Marshal Fahim Died Today

Marshal Fahim, the first Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, died of a heart attack Sunday March 9, 2014. In these times of uncertainty, his death raises important questions and is likely to impact the future of Afghan … Continue reading

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Don’t Forget the Veranda

Afghanistan is at a crossroads. With the departure of American forces scheduled for 2014, no one really denies the fact that things are going to change. It seems like the country’s future is at stake. Right now, policy-makers, analysts, US … Continue reading

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Violence and Insurgency in Afghanistan: A Somali Perspective, by William Reno (Northwestern University)

This is a guest post that offers a different approach. Will Reno and I are working on a project that looks at armed groups in comparative perspective. His extensive knowledge and experience in Sub-Saharan Africa provide a different basis for … Continue reading

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Remember Saigon…

It has been too long since I last came to Kabul. In the past two years, young Afghans have become more westernized: burqas have become (little) sparser and make-up more apparent. Once in a blue moon, the careful observer might … Continue reading

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Learning the Old Imperial Story

Historian William Dalrymple just published a book on the first Anglo-Afghan war (Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan 1839-42) in which he explains how the British brought Shah Shuja Durrani back to the Afghan throne. Yesterday, he gave his Twitter followers some insights on Karzai’s thoughts on the matter and how it relates to the current situation. Continue reading

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The Politics of Survival: Center-Periphery Relations in Today’s Afghanistan

One of the bloggers recently asked whether there are “regional authorities who benefit from [the] US war aims and associated resources and who do not attract suicide bombers?” It is my understanding that there are local authorities who benefit from … Continue reading

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