My latest essay in The National Interest argues that a Taliban seizure of Afghanistan could be devastating for Pakistan.
Taliban Bounties in Afghanistan
My latest piece, available here, looks at allegations that Russia paid bounties to Taliban-linked militants in Afghanistan to target US and coalition forces.
COVID-19 in Afghanistan
My new essay for the Royal Society of Asian Affairs considers the impact of coronavirus on Afghanistan.
The Taliban Go Global
I have another piece out today, on the transformation of the Afghan Taliban from an isolated, parochial group into an increasingly global movement.
China and the Afghan Taliban
My latest looks at the surprisingly close relationship between China and the Afghan Taliban.
Striking New Civilian Casualty Trends in Afghanistan
In my latest story, based on extensive documentary analysis, dialogue with the UN and Taliban, and interviews with experts, I investigate the striking shift in civilian casualty trends in the Afghan war.
How the Taliban Turn Captured Weapons Into Propaganda
Read my latest article for TRT World, looking at the Taliban’s capture of weapons from the Afghan military. I argue that this gear may be more important as propaganda than for any tactical advantage it bestows.
Has Pakistan Won the War in Afghanistan?
During a recent trip to Lahore, several Pakistanis told me that their country had won the Afghan war. My new article asks if this is true.
US Greatly Downplaying Size of Afghan Taliban
My new story at TRT World shows that the Taliban has around three times as many fighters as officials estimate, in addition to tens of thousands of support personnel.
Should India Talk to the Taliban?
India is the only major country involved in Afghanistan that does not have contacts with the Taliban. Should it reconsider? Read my new article in TRT World for more.