Produced by Michael Scollon
June 30, 2022
Taliban's Handpicked 'Grand Gathering' No Place For Diverse Opinions -- Or Women
Thousands of influential Afghans have assembled in Kabul to discuss pressing national issues. But the "grand gathering of Islamic scholars” leaves out women and ethnic and religious minorities, falling far short of the inclusivity Afghans have been promised by the Taliban.
May 03, 2022
Afghan TV Pioneer Absorbs Taliban's Blows As Picture Dims For Free Media
Tolo's sister television networks made their mark on the Afghan media scene with a diverse line-up of hard-hitting news and cutting-edge entertainment options. But as Afghans tune in on World Press Freedom Day, they won't be getting the full picture.
March 14, 2022
Afghans Battle Red Tape, Taliban In Hope Of Evacuation To United States
More than 80,000 at-risk Afghans were evacuated by the United States when the Taliban returned to power in Kabul, but roughly the same number have been left behind. With the world's attention turning to war in Europe, volunteer groups of U.S. veterans are working to get their Afghan partners out.
November 12, 2021
Gandhara Briefing: Bamiyan Buddhas, Girls Education, TTP Cease-Fire
This week’s Gandhara Briefing takes a look at how the Taliban is further destroying Afghanistan’s cultural heritage, an online school that helps Afghan girls continue their studies, and Islamabad’s cease-fire with Pakistani militants.
November 05, 2021
Armed With Online Option, Afghan Girls Say 'Bring It On' When It Comes To Taliban Education Ban
The Taliban wants to turn back the clock on girls' education but failed to study up on modern technology. Hundreds of school-age Afghan girls are circumventing the ban on them attending school by going online, learning everything from computer programming to sculpting.
October 26, 2021
Blurred Photos Of Interior Minister Haqqani Raise Questions About What The Taliban Has To Hide
The Taliban has attempted to craft an image of transparency since returning to power in Afghanistan, but photographs of acting Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani at work have muddied the effort.
October 12, 2021
Taliban Takes Revenge On Former Afghan Security Forces
The rising number of executions of former army and police in Afghanistan is being taken as clear evidence that the Taliban is not living up to its pledges of a general amnesty for all members of the ousted Afghan government's security forces.
October 08, 2021
From Hope To Bitterness: Afghans Look Back At Start Of A 20-Year War
When U.S. air strikes targeted terrorist training camps in Afghanistan on October 7, 2001, it signaled the beginning of a nearly 20-year war that quickly toppled the Taliban, only to see the extremist group ultimately return to power in Kabul.
September 01, 2021
Russian-Led Military Group Struggles To Find Its Role -- And Relevance -- Amid Taliban Takeover
The CSTO is scrambling to respond to the regional security void left by the sudden U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. But while the loose-knit, Russian-led defense grouping is busy holding military exercises and high-level meetings, its strength as an alliance is in doubt.
July 17, 2021
In Welcoming Taliban, Kremlin Opens Door To Criticisms, Diplomatic Uncertainties
The departure of U.S.-led troops from Afghanistan has given Russia a chance to showcase its diplomatic and military influence on the world stage. But experts say Moscow's initial moves have revealed that the Kremlin has no long-term strategy in place.