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Can the Afghan cease-fire pave the way for peace? - The Hill

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

By: Scott Worden; Anthony Wanis-St. John

News Type: USIP in the News

The Government of Afghanistan on June 7 offered a unilateral, week-long cease-fire to the Taliban beginning June 12, in observance of the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Of course, a cease-fire is not a peace agreement, but it can lead to one.

A string of deadly attacks in Afghanistan exposes government weakness, limits of U.S. training effort - Washington Post

Monday, January 29, 2018

News Type: USIP in the News

Three deadly attacks in Afghanistan's capital have killed more than 130 people in just over a week, a nearly unprecedented urban terrorism blitz that seemed likely to prompt a sobering international reassessment of Afghan defense capabilities as the Trump administration begins building a new, ramped-up military presence and intensified combat-training role.

Afghanistan’s Hipsters Have Found Themselves A Pocket Of Calm - BuzzFeed

Saturday, November 18, 2017

News Type: USIP in the News

You summon a ride using the Kaweyan Cabs taxi-hailing app, listening to upbeat Pashtun pop as your driver takes you through streets clogged with traffic. You get to the workshare space at the Hub, where you rent a desk and spend a few hours responding to emails on your laptop, and perhaps play a few rounds...

“At 3 P.M. My Son Came Home. By 9 P.M. He Was Dead.” - BuzzFeed

Saturday, October 28, 2017

News Type: USIP in the News

fter four months on the front line fighting the Taliban, Ahmad Zai was exhausted. It had been a hot, demanding summer for the Afghan National Police, holding territory taken from the Taliban or rushing to reinforce...

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

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

News Type: USIP in the News

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.”