Afghanistan

The absence of effective oversight and control of private security providers (PSPs) employed by the international community undermines the credibility and effectiveness of the Afghan government, the international military and diplomatic presence, and reconstruction organizations.

Read the full Breifing Paper The Public Cost of Private Security in Afghanistan

Sep 07, 2009
Jake Sherman, Victoria DiDomenico
South Asia, Afghanistan

CIC Director Dr. Barnett Rubin gave a lecture to students at Peking University on Monday, October 27th. In his talk, he explores the ways that cooperation in Afghanistan can positively contribute to the overall US-China relationship. He also highlights examples of where that cooperation is already taking place and proposes a number of areas that might be particularly fruitful for collaboration in the future.

Read the full lecture: Are China and the United States Rivals or Partners in Afghanistan?

Oct 27, 2014
China, South Asia, Afghanistan

Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai was inaugurated as president of Afghanistan on Sept. 29, 2014, after a three-month-long dispute over the outcome of the June 14 runoff election. A Sept. 21 agreement between Ghani and runner-up Abdullah Abdullah provided for the establishment of a national unity government and created a new position: chief executive officer, held by Abdullah. It also contained long-term provisions to allow for permanently establishing the office of executive prime minister, institutionalizing the role created for Abdullah by decree.

Oct 20, 2014
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan

Has America become accustomed to leaving orphans behind, following U.S. military interventions in foreign lands? With the approaching withdrawal of Western/American combat forces from Afghanistan, to be completed by the end of 2016, it is time to ask, what does the future hold for the most vulnerable group who would no longer be protected by the American shield?

CIC Director Dr. Barnett Rubin discussed these issues in a lecture co-hosted by the NYU Center for Dialogues and the Foreign Policy Association on October 6, 2014.

Oct 06, 2014
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan
Afghanistan

After months of waiting through a contested election, the U.S. has settled with Afghanistan’s new leadership on a security agreement for the transition toward Afghan security self-reliance. Former State Department official Barnett Rubin talks to Jeffrey Brown about whether President Ashraf Ghani will prove a reliable ally, as well as what we’ve learned from American involvement in Afghanistan.

Watch the full PBS NewsHour interview below "Understanding the U.S. security agreement with Afghanistan".

Oct 01, 2014
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan

In April 2013, China announced it would host the fourth Foreign Minister’s Meeting of the Istanbul Process on Afghanistan in 2014. That meeting, which will take place this August in Tianjin, will represent China’s most significant regional engagement on Afghanistan to date. China’s decision to host is part of a broader pattern of increased engagement, suggesting a shift in Beijing’s posture toward Afghanistan. China has indicated that it intends to become increasingly involved in discussions on the role of the region and international community after NATO’s combat mission ends in 2014.

Apr 24, 2014
Thomas Zimmerman

On April 9th, CIC Director Barnett Rubin sat down with author Dipali Mukhopadhyay to discuss her new book, Warlords, Strongman Governors, and the State of Afghanistan

Apr 17, 2014
South Asia, Afghanistan
Afghanistan

The Taliban isn't attacking the Afghan army anymore -- they're trying to blow up the heart of Afghan politics.

Read the full Foreign Policy article here

Apr 02, 2014
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan

Given that the U.S. is slated to withdraw 34,000 troops of its 66,000 member force from Afghanistan by this time next year, any news regarding the political development of the nation is something policy makers will likely have their eye on.

Think of the Private Security Company (PSC) industry in Afghanistan as the canary in a coal mine. It (the PSC industry) is a bellwether of potential trouble ahead. Like Iraq, PSCs are linked to a privatized model of military and development contracting in a highly insecure post-invasion environment.

Read the full Huffington Post article here

Nov 13, 2012
South Asia, Afghanistan