Afghanistan

Iran as an Inspiration for the Taliban: From Governance to Human Rights
Iran as an Inspiration for the Taliban: From Governance to Human Rights

Among the voluminous commentary on the Taliban’s return to power, only a few observed its apparent desire to emulate the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Marksism – No. 64: 9/11 Recall and Afghan Drone Horror
Marksism – No. 64: 9/11 Recall and Afghan Drone Horror

This week the editors discuss Marc LiVecche’s article about 9/11 and a report about the Pentagon admitting its drone strike against an aid worker in Kabul last month was a “tragic mistake.”

Joe Biden’s Drift Backward - Afghanistan
Joe Biden’s Drift Backward

Early on, President Joe Biden’s rhetoric promised a rejection of isolationism and a return to engagement. But his actions in Afghanistan speak volumes.

China-Taliban Tango Encourages Unholy Marriage
China-Taliban Tango Encourages Unholy Marriage

China is brimming with optimism about the Taliban in Afghanistan. But a bombing that killed scores of people, including 13 American troops, outside the Kabul airport on August 26 has led many to distrust the Islamic group’s promise to not let anyone use the land-locked country’s soil to target another.

The Natural Next Step: Afghanistan Withdrawal in Context
The Natural Next Step: Afghanistan Withdrawal in Context

One adjective that should never be used to describe the US retreat from Afghanistan is “surprising.” In fact, what happened in Kabul in 2021 was the natural next step on the inward-turning path Americans began walking in 2009.

What Is Really Going on in Afghanistan: The Plight of Christians and Religious Minorities
What Is Really Going on in Afghanistan: The Plight of Christians and Religious Minorities

With the West on the run, increased activity by terrorists, and the Taliban inexorably exerting control across the country, we need to be aware of what is happening to real people, right now in Afghanistan.

America Didn’t Lose Afghanistan, Afghans Did
America Didn’t Lose Afghanistan, Afghans Did

The photographs and reporting from Kabul, the besieged airport there, and from other places in the broken land of Afghanistan are surely most troubling. But they indicate in no way American defeat.

Marksism – No. 62: Nation Building, Afghanistan, Niebuhr
Marksism – No. 62: Nation Building, Afghanistan, Niebuhr

This week the editors cover Henry Nau’s article about nation-building, 75-year-old reports from occupied Germany by Reinhold Neibuhr and John Baillie, a podcast with Rebeccah Heinrichs, and an event with Paul D. Miller and Jon Askonas.

Outbidding Cycle of Terrorist Violence in Afghanistan
Afghanistan: What Happened and What’s Next?

On September 1, Providence hosted a conversation between Paul Miller and Jon Askonas on Afghanistan.