Registan’s Afghanistan News & Analysis Archive

Since the terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC in 2001, significant international effort has been poured into creating a stable and secure Afghanistan. Much of the public and media attention has been focused on combat operations, the relationship between security in Pakistan and security in Afghanistan, and corruption in Afghanistan’s government. While these are important issues, critical questions about what the future holds for Afghanistan and its neighbors linger, especially with the looming deadline for ISAF to turn over responsibility for security to the government of Afghanistan.

Registan.net frequently features news and analysis on Afghanistan, with special emphasis on ISAF’s efforts to stabilize the country and how the war in Afghanistan shapes the overall South and Central Asia policies of the United States. Several of our contributors have worked for government, business, and development clients providing analytic support on culture, society, geography, and security in Afghanistan. Coupled with our strong expertise and experience in Central Asia, Registan is uniquely poised to helping organizations navigate the challenges and identify the opportunities that will rise in Afghanistan and South Asia in decade to come.

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The Challenges of Electoral Security in Afghanistan

by Guest
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Registan.net is happy to welcome a guest post from Salima Ahmadi, an Afghan undergraduate student at the American University of Central Asia studying in the International and Comparative Politics department. By Mohammad Jawed Nazari and Salima Ahmadi Afghanistan’s presidential and provincial council elections are due to take place on April 5, 2014, with eleven presidential [...]

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Kunming: China’s 9/11?

by Kendrick Kuo
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On March 1, in the Kunming train station, eight assailants with foot-long knives killed at least 29 people and injured 143 others. To discuss this event and its surrounding issues, Julia Famularo, Raffaello Pantucci, Alessandro Rippa, and Andrew Small came on China Pivots West for a roundtable. To listen online, here. To subscribe, here. Julia Famularo is [...]

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Robber Barons of Ghazni

by Alec Metz

Even with a drastically reduced international presence after this year, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan will continue to exist. As long as enough aid money comes in, with arguably somewhere around 350,000 in the security forces, if the government can continue to pay and equip its security forces (granted, not a sure thing), [...]

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China’s all-weather friend in Pakistan

by Kendrick Kuo
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On the newest episode of China Pivots West, ANDREW SMALL discusses the topic of his new book The China-Pakistan Axis–the often neglected relationship between Beijing and Islamabad. As someone who has traveled and done research in the region, Small is uniquely qualified to comment on this important facet of Chinese foreign policy. We also touch on the complicating [...]

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Influence: The Bogeyman of Simplified Strategic Understanding

by Nathan Barrick

Many times I have been asked to assess whether one nation or another is “increasing influence,” usually to categorize as “good” or “bad” developing events for someone with little time or understanding of the situation. Frequently, the right answer – “It depends…” – has to be discarded due to an enforced sense of urgency that [...]

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Uzbek Extremism in Context, Part 2: The Internet, Social Media and Religious Speech

by Noah Tucker
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You may have recognized the context for the picture above before reading these lines, because the Syrian chemical attacks that killed hundreds of innocent civilians in August and nearly led the US into another war will likely be remembered as one of the defining events of the decade and are only one tragedy among so [...]

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Afghan Candidates for President in 2014

by Alec Metz

The registration of candidates in Afghanistan finished yesterday, and this morning Tolo News announced the complete list. Abdul Rasul Sayyaf, Qayum Karzai, Ashraf Ghani, Abdullah Abdullah, Sayed Ishaq Gailani, and Abdul Rahim Wardak are all running for the top spot, and Ismail Khan, Abdul Rashid Dostum, and Habiba Surabi are among others running for VP [...]

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There is No Wild Blue Yonder for the AAF

by Sunny in Kabul

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here, but I will always have a warm place in my wonky heart for Registan. So here’s the first of a repost or two that’ll be inbound from Sunny in Kabul, my usual blogging home on the web. The following is a slightly edited version of what I [...]

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Central Asia and the Syria Crisis: Assessing the Value of Strategic Partnership with the U.S

by Nathan Barrick

With world attention justifiably focused on the potential for U.S.-led punitive strikes against Syria for President Asad’s alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians, it is worth a momentary glance to survey Central Asia’s equities in the issue.  For many world governments, including in Central Asia, the issue is less about Syrian civilians dying by [...]

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Taliban Eid Message 2013

by Alec Metz

As they’ve done every year since before the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, the Taliban released an Eid message yesterday (see here for reports on 2000, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012). This year’s message dealt with civilian casualties, urging Taliban to avoid them, and placing the blame for past mistakes on the Afghan government and Coalition [...]

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