Jihadi groups take advantage of endemic poverty, inequality, high unemployment levels, illiteracy, ethnic divisions, and poor governance to spread their campaign of violence in the Sahel region.
Nahdlatul Ulama is the world’s biggest Islamic organization, initiating a reform movement, which it is calling ‘Humanitarian Islam.’
Despite efforts to prevent militant groups from getting weapons, they often get their hands on U.S. equipment and use it to attack American troops.
War rugs are more reflections of market forces than memorials to suffering.
From 1996 to 2001, the Taliban outlawed almost all forms of art while looting and destroying museums. With their resurgence, Australia must strengthen measures to stop trafficking of antiquities.
Segregation and other measures being introduced by the Taliban’s hardline new government are being greeted with widespread protests, many of them led by women.
With the Taliban again in power in Afghanistan, minorities like the Hazara may have the most to lose.
The Taliban have at least five significant potential sources of revenue as they begin to govern Afghanistan again.
There are many reasons to be wary of the returned Taliban, but given our investment in the region the Australian government will have to find a way to deal with it.
The caretaker leader for Afghanistan represents a compromise candidate for Taliban factions, but his reactionary past has drawn concern over the fate of minority and women’s rights.
Afghanistan remains deeply divided, with a number of warlords who could make it hard for the Taliban to control the country.
The regime knows it must adapt to the modern world – but its ideology remains the same.
As Friday’s attack by an ISIS sympathiser in a New Zealand supermarket shows, ISIS’s extreme ideology still holds strong appeal for some disaffected Muslims living in the west.
A second plot was planned on 9/11, but there were too few terrorists to carry it off. Twenty years later, al-Qaida and its offshoot the Islamic State group still have trouble attracting recruits.
The most important lesson from the US withdrawal from Afghanistan may be our failure to learn from history.
As the Taliban, warlords and corrupt public officials vie for drug profits and power, it will fuel even more instability in the country.
Everyone has the right to have a country to seek asylum, but it will need international cooperation to get the Taliban to honour this right.
Joe Biden had long thought that the US engagement in Afghanistan was a mistake.
Various armed groups operating in Afghanistan will contest Taliban hegemony.
The potential failure of the U.S. military to protect information that can identify Afghan citizens raises questions about whether and how biometric data should be collected in war zones.