Afghanistan

A new book by Barnett Rubin, senior fellow and director of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Regional Project at CIC, was recently published by Oxford University Press. Afghanistan: What Everyone Needs to Know is a concise introduction to the issues facing Afghanistan today.

Aug 03, 2020
Barnett Rubin
Afghanistan
Afghanistan

CIC's Barnett Rubin was interviewed in this Gandhara article about the demands to release Hajji Bashar Noorzai, a Taliban leader who is incarcerated in a U.S. prison.

"'He is politically important to the Nurzais in Loya Kandahar,' Rubin said of Noorzai’s status as an important tribal figure among the Nurzai, a large Pashtun tribe in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar and adjoining regions collective referred to as Greater Kandahar by Afghans. 'That is a very important constituency for the Taliban,' he added."

Jun 30, 2020
Afghanistan
Afghanistan

CIC's Barnett Rubin was interviewed by TOLOnews about former National Security Advisor John Bolton's new book, and what it reveals about President Trump's policy on Afghanistan.

"The main thing it shows is that President Trump doesn’t know anything about Afghanistan, he doesn’t care about Afghanistan. He just wants to get out of Afghanistan, but he wants to get out of Afghanistan in a way that is good for his reelection and that he doesn’t care about anything else at all," Rubin is quoted saying.

Jun 23, 2020
United States, Afghanistan
Afghanistan

CIC's Barnett Rubin was interviewed by Gandhara about Taliban sanctuaries in Pakistan, which have been flagged as the "number one impediment to defeating the insurgency inside Afghanistan that now controls one-third of the country’s rural areas."

“If and only if the political agreement between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban provides for demobilization and repatriation of Taliban fighters, including those in Pakistan, Pakistan will help implement the agreement and move against any who resist it,” Rubin said.

Jun 10, 2020
Afghanistan
Afghanistan

In this op-ed for TOLOnews, CIC Research Associate Said Sabir Ibrahimi writes about the post-2001 system in Afghanistan. 

Apr 04, 2020
Said Sabir Ibrahimi
Afghanistan
Afghanistan

CIC Research Associate Said Sabir Ibrahimi was quoted in The New Arab about the appointed of Mawlavi Mahdi as a Taliban district chief—the first Shia Hazara to be selected for the group's ranks.

“The Taliban has never been an inclusive force; their leadership in Quetta and Peshawar and their political office in Doha are run by Sunni Pashtuns. They have had token Tajik commanders in the field, particularly in the north, but now they are trying to include some token Shia Hazaras in the mix,” Ibrahimi said.

Apr 29, 2020
Afghanistan
Afghanistan

The National interviewed CIC's Said Sabir Ibrahmi about the Taliban's efforts to recruit from the Shiite Hazara community, which they have attacked in the past.

“The Taliban has never been an inclusive force; their leadership in Quetta and Peshawar and their political office in Doha are run by Sunni Pashtuns. They have had token Tajik commanders in the field, particularly in the north, but now they are trying to include some token Shia Hazaras in the mix,” Ibrahimi said.

Apr 28, 2020
Afghanistan
Afghanistan

CIC's Barnett Rubin is quoted in this article in War on the Rocks on U.S. involvement in Afghanistan.

"Barnett Rubin and Sultan Barakat have made a heartfelt plea in these pages to save the U.S. deal for a settlement in Afghanistan," Martin Skold writes, engaging their argument at length and reaching a different conclusion.

Read the full article in War on the Rocks here.

Apr 28, 2020
Afghanistan
Afghanistan

National Public Radio (NPR) quoted CIC's Barnett Rubin in a piece about the negotiations between Afghan officials and the Taliban expected to begin this week.

"They want to indicate that they still have the capacity to fight if their demands are not met," Rubin said. "And they have the additional incentive that President Ghani said that he will refuse to release the prisoners before the talks start. So escalating militarily is a way of trying to put pressure on him to soften his position."

Mar 06, 2020
Afghanistan
Afghanistan

CIC's Barnett Rubin appeared on this week's episode of the Council on Foreign Relations podcast The President's Inbox to discuss the future of the US presence in Afghanistan.

Rubin told podcast host James M. Lindsay that "the United States needs to stay engaged in a positive way, with the political actors, as they meet in these negotiations. Because both sides, in particular the side we have been supporting, will have to make some tough decisions."

Feb 25, 2020
Barnett Rubin
Afghanistan
Afghanistan

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