Four recommendations for the new administration to bolster the Afghan government and security forces.
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A more transactional policy has brought advantages, but will have limits in the longer term.
The United States has choices to respond to the Russian bounty program in Afghanistan, but it's best options might be the ones people won't hear about.
Moscow’s bounty program fits a pattern of Russian policy in Afghanistan rooted in the country’s desire to maintain influence in its near abroad.
Despite tensions with the Trump administration, Pakistan has become an important intermediary in negotiations with the Taliban.
The Taliban left Doha with an advantage and is now raising the pressure on the Afghan government.
The agreement with the Taliban calls for U.S. troops to withdraw entirely, but some conditions in the deal may prevent that.
The organization's leader was arrested, then his successor. Now it will try to regroup.