Red Bulls assist keeping border safe at Torkham Gate
The view into Pakistan from the Afghanistan border at Torkham Gate March 7. As many as 10,000 people cross the border at the gate in a busy day, including between 1,000 and 2,000 trucks.

After more than 18 years of conflict, the United States and the Taliban signed an agreement on February 29, 2020 that paved the way for a U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. In the months since, the Afghan government has been preparing for intra-Afghan negotiations with the Taliban following a contentious election and continued spates of violence in the country. The future of Afghanistan will depend primarily on these two key milestones: the withdrawal of U.S. troops and the outcome of negotiations between Afghan government and Taliban representatives.

In this series, SAV contributors from Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, and the United States weigh in on regional perspectives of Afghanistan’s future. Contributors discuss key trends that regional actors and the United States are watching for in the months and years ahead, the role each actor may play in the intra-Afghan negotiating process, and their stake in Afghanistan’s future stability and governance.

Articles in Collection

Afghanistan’s Future: Regional Perspectives on the Road Ahead Video & Audio

Afghanistan’s Future: Regional Perspectives on the Road Ahead

After more than 18 years of conflict, the United States…

India’s Position in a Post-U.S. Withdrawal Afghanistan Geopolitics & Diplomacy

India’s Position in a Post-U.S. Withdrawal Afghanistan

After more than 18 years of conflict, the United States…

Iran’s Afghanistan Balancing Act Geopolitics & Diplomacy

Iran’s Afghanistan Balancing Act

After more than 18 years of conflict, the United States…

Likely Scenarios for An Afghan Political Settlement Defense & Security

Likely Scenarios for An Afghan Political Settlement

After more than 18 years of conflict, the United States…

Mission Accomplished? Balancing U.S. Interests and Future Challenges in Afghanistan Defense & Security

Mission Accomplished? Balancing U.S. Interests and Future Challenges in Afghanistan

After more than 18 years of conflict, the United States…

The Future of Pakistan-Taliban Ties in Afghanistan Geopolitics & Diplomacy

The Future of Pakistan-Taliban Ties in Afghanistan

After more than 18 years of conflict, the United States…

افغان سیاسی تصفیے کی ممکنہ اشکال Hindi & Urdu

افغان سیاسی تصفیے کی ممکنہ اشکال

After more than 18 years of conflict, the United States…

ایران کا افغانستان میں متوازن کردار Hindi & Urdu

ایران کا افغانستان میں متوازن کردار

After more than 18 years of conflict, the United States…

کیا مقصد حاصل ہوگیا؟ افغانستان میں امریکی مفادات اور مستقبل میں درپیش آزمائشوں میں توازن کی کوشش Hindi & Urdu