Ever since the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) began their recent offensive in Iraq, anxieties about the potential of something similar taking place in Afghanistan have abounded. Yet many have missed a crucial piece of the puzzle.
Government leaders are flummoxed. Either they don't know what to do or they prefer to cling tight to their autonomous authority
The government's impotence and the staggering insecurity in Afghanistan have left officials with much to gain from partnering with insurgents. I spoke with Crisis Group's Senior Analyst for Afghanistan about the insurgent threat.
This latest report reinforces the view that the sooner the U.S. abandons its demand for a de facto surrender before talks can begin, the better.
General Petraeus and McCain can try to spin the situation in Afghanistan all they want, but the fact is that their counterinsurgency gamble failed, and the American people want our troops out, pronto.
With our money fueling the insurgency and our killing of civilians driving more people to join the Taliban's side every week, it's little wonder that the insurgency continues to grow in size and sophistication.
Egypt's people reached a tipping point. What has now become a national revolution is a real time example of the global frustration over The Great Game.
For now it is not clear whether Pakistan will hand over the captured Taliban leaders to Afghanistan, but Pakistan's army chief recently visited Kabul to seek bilateral cooperation on the matter.
Right now, there is a critical opportunity for the international community to continue tracking down top Taliban leaders in Pakistan and disconnecting them from the local commanders in Afghanistan.
The U.N., the U.S., the Afghan government, and many other countries and entities have been very busy right now paving way for a reconciliation plan with the Taliban.