Beyond Afghanistan’s ‘Graveyard for the Living’
Even before President Trump’s bungled diplomacy undercut months of patient effort by his envoy, Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, the notoriously doctrinaire Taliban have shown little taste for compromise. Their rhetoric, which always tends toward the histrionic, is now triumphalist.
September 24, 2019
An Elusive Peace in Afghanistan
Free from Washington interference, the US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad pulled off a seemingly impossible feat. On March 12, after sixteen straight days of talks, US and Taliban negotiators wrapped up a significant part of the complex deal that could finally bring an end to the Afghan war.
March 27, 2019
Kabul's Abandoned Future
Like the empty niches and half-effaced cave frescoes that we now refer to as the Buddhas of Bamiyan, the wreckage of the Dar ul-Aman Palace in Kabul records not a single act of destruction, but rather a series of collapses, most initiated from within the Afghan government.
September 8, 2012