Afghan officials and Taliban talk despite wave of violence - AP

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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Afghan officials are carrying out at least two tracks of talks with the Taliban, The Associated Press has learned, even after a month of brutal bombings and attacks by the militants that killed nearly 200 and despite President Donald Trump's angry rejection of any negotiations for now.

Stepped Up Violence Alternately Claimed by IS and Taliban - New York Times

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

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The Islamic State group and the Taliban are competing to take credit for a horrific spike in violence in Afghanistan over the last month, and analysts say both insurgent groups are growing in strength as security forces wither under their relentless attacks and a feuding government struggles to win over citizens.

Q&A: Why Afghanistan suffers unrelenting attacks - AP

Sunday, January 28, 2018

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Afghanistan has endured a month of relentless attacks claimed by the Taliban and a rival Islamic State affiliate, capped by Saturday's assault, in which a Taliban suicide bomber driving an ambulance filled with explosives struck in the heart of Kabul, killing more than 100 people.

'The Taliban Can't Win,' Says Commander Of U.S. Forces In Afghanistan - NPR

Friday, October 13, 2017

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Gen. John W. "Mick" Nicholson settles into his wood-paneled office inside the American-led military headquarters in Kabul. It's lined with plaques, pictures and ceremonial swords. He has spent more time in Afghanistan, in various jobs, than any other senior American officer — a total of 5 1/2 years. The commander of NATO's Resolute Support mission and U.S. forces in Afghanistan since March 2016, Nicholson is a genial West Point graduate with salt-and-pepper hair — and a renewed confidence.

Nancy Hatch Dupree, an American icon in Kabul, dies - The Washington Post

Sunday, September 10, 2017

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“Her body was frail, but her spirit and passion for her work was alive and well,” said Andrew Wilder, vice president of Asia programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, who visited her at Kabul’s Amiri hospital Friday. He said she spent much of their conversation insisting that he tour the university center while in Kabul. “It is a very fitting legacy to her and her husband,” Wilder said. “It was her pride and joy.”

Sixteen Years In, U.S Deepens Military Involvement in Afghanistan - KQED Radio: The Forum

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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President Trump announced a new military strategy for Afghanistan last week, promising to send more U.S. troops to train and support Afghan security forces. Guests: Stephen Biddle, professor of political science and international affairs, George Washington University;adjunct senior fellow for defense policy, Council on Foreign Relations Andrew Wilder vice president, Asia programs, U.S. Institute of Peace

Experts Say Trump’s Afghanistan Strategy Will Require Nation-Building - Breitbart

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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Andrew Wilder, vice president of Asia programs at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), pointed to the upcoming Afghan presidential elections in 2019. The last election in 2014 required heavy U.S. involvement. Scott Worden, director of Afghanistan and Central Asia Programs at USIP, said that, on one hand, Trump wants to protect the U.S. from terrorism emanating from Afghanistan, but on the other, 30 years of non-democratic institutions in Afghanistan have led to more violence. Belquis Ahmadi, a senior program officer as USIP, said it is now “up to the Afghans to address the needs of its people.”

US Afghan Policy - BBC News

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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U.S. Institute of Peace Vice President Andrew Wilder appeared on BBC News on August 22, 2017 to discuss the Trump administration’s revised Afghanistan strategy. He talked about the strategy's regional approach, including its focus on India and whether it will draw sharp criticism from Pakistan.