For the Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale, CIC senior fellow Barnett Rubin wrote about Doha Agreement and what the May 2021 deadline for the US to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan means for the Biden administration.
This policy paper by Barnett Rubin, Senior Fellow at CIC examines how the Afghan peace process provides the United States with an opportunity to pivot to a strategy that frees it from dependence on military bases in the landlocked backyard of Russia and China, and how that can provide it with an entry point to an expanded and more effective Asia policy focused on some of the most vital threats confronting humanity.
CIC senior fellow Barnett Rubin is intervewied by South Asia Monitor on the recent developments in the intra-Afghan dialogue.
“It is a result of hard work by all, mediation by Qatar, and external pressure on all parties,” he said. "The Biden administration will not rip up agreements as Trump did. It will be a predictable and steady partner for allies and adversaries alike.”
CIC research associate Sabir Ibrahimi writes in this Tolo News op-ed that ambiguous rhetoric is creating a false narrative about the cause of increased violence in Afghanistan.
"The US-Taliban agreement in February 2020 created hope for a reduction in violence in Afghanistan," writes Ibrahimi. "However, since then, violence has instead intensified across the country. The American officials have said that the increase in the level of violence goes against the spirit of the US-Taliban agreement."
In September, Afghanistan and the Taliban began conducting peace negotiations to plan a road map for the country’s future after the withdrawal of United States forces. A key challenge for this process is the status of Afghanistan’s current constitution. This report, published by the United States Institute of Peace in partnership with CIC, explores some of the constitutional questions that are likely to arise in the course of the negotiations and provides suggestions for how the peace process might resolve them.
CIC research associate Said Sabir Ibrahimi was interviewed by The New York Times in an article about recent violence in Afghanistan's capital.
“I think everyone in Kabul feels unsafe, they feel like the government isn’t delivering,” said Ibrahimi. “The Ghani administration is focusing on individuals by giving Saleh the security profile as if it’s a silver bullet.”
Alex Strick van Linschoten and Felix Kuehn are researchers and writers based in Kandahar. They have worked in Afghanistan since 2006, focusing on the Taliban insurgency and the history of southern Afghanistan over the past four decades. This paper published by CIC, expands on the following key findings:
This report by Jonathan Caulkins, Mark Kleiman, and Jonathan Kulick contributes to the ongoing debate about counter-narcotics policies in Afghanistan, and in relation to counter-insurgency operations by adding a heretofore missing element–applied economic analysis of the effect of counter-narcotics policies. It does so by applying to a stylized depiction of the Afghan situation a standard model that economists and policy analysts have applied to a large range of policy areas.
In May of 2010 Tuft University’s Institute for Global Leadership gathered a select group of Afghan politicians and military officials, Pakistani journalists and scholars, United Nations officials, diplomats, humanitarian workers, and U.S. military representative to discuss on the opportunities for, and obstacles to, security and political reconciliation in Afghanistan. This report presents a summary of that meeting.