Afghanistan Project


NATO’s Defence Ministerial: Afghanistan after 2014

Following NATO’s Chicago Summit in May 2012, defense officials met in Brussels October 10 to discuss issues facing the NATO alliance. The mission in Afghanistan was their primary focus, and the meeting produced several critical strategic announcements.

Opinion: The ‘Andar Uprising’ and Progress in Afghanistan

In “The ‘Andar Uprising’ and Progress in Afghanistan,” the authors, Kimberly Kagan and Frederick W. Kagan, highlight battlefield successes in Afghanistan during the recent troop “surge” and caution against prematurely withdrawing any more troops.

ISW Backgrounder Assesses the Role of FTO Designation in Fight Against Haqqani Network

 WASHINGTON, DC – The Institute for the Study of War today published a detailed backgrounder titled, " The Haqqani Network: a Foreign Terrorist Organization," outlining the impact of possible Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) designation on the Haqqani Network.  The Secretary of State’s decision about FTO designation is expected to be announced by September 10.   The author of the backgrounder, ISW Senior Analyst Jeffrey

The Haqqani Network: a Foreign Terrorist Organization

From sanctuaries in Pakistan’s tribal areas, the Haqqani family hosts a variety of high-value terrorists, including senior members of al-Qaeda, Pakistani Taliban, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Lashkar-e Taiba and smaller terrorist entities linked to attacks in the UK. It also supports a global jihadist ideology that transcends objectives in Afghanistan.

Abdul Wardak and Bismillah Khan Mohammadi: Unpacking Afghanistan's Ministerial Shake-up

In an unprecedented single session of Parliament on August 4th, the Lower House dismissed the Afghan defense and interior ministers, Abdul Rahim Wardak and Bismillah Khan Mohammadi, following successive no-confidence votes.

Mara Tchalakov


Mara Tchalakov is a doctoral candidate in International Relations at the University of Oxford. She completed her undergraduate studies at Princeton University, graduating with a B.A. summa cum laude from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and her MPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford.

Security and Stability in RC-East: A Field Report with Lieutenant General Daniel Allyn

On August 2, 2012 ISW hosted a Field Report with Lieutenant General Daniel Allyn, who discussed the evolving security situation in Eastern Afghanistan, the approaching 2014 drawdown, and drivers of instability in the conflict.