Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- March 19, 2019

Stringer, Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs, AFP | Qatari officials (C) take part in meeting between US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad (2nd-L), the US delegation, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai (6th-R), and the Taliban delegation in Doha, February 26, 2019.

Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio, Politico: Trump’s Bad Deal with the Taliban

Under peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, the administration seems poised to give away everything America has fought for in Afghanistan since 9/11.

Last week, Afghanistan’s national security adviser, Hamdullah Mohib, launched into a broadside against Zalmay Khalilzad, the chief American diplomat responsible for negotiating with the Taliban. Addressing reporters in Washington, Mohib insinuated that Khalilzad is seeking to install himself as the “viceroy” of a new “caretaker government.” The State Department quickly issued a sharp rebuke, saying that any condemnation of Khalilzad was really a critique of its leader, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- March 19, 2019

New Zealand mass shooting reignites debates on what constitutes a 'lone wolf' terrorist attack -- Tasha Wibawa, ABC News Online

Israel's Place in the Middle East Mayhem -- Yoel Guzansky, Sigurd Neubauer and Alex Vatanka, National Interest

Oman’s economic woes a sign of coming times -- Robin Mills, Asia Times

For both Xi Jinping and Donald Trump, the trade war is a test of political will and ideology -- Cary Huang, SCMP

Kazakh Leader Resigning After Three Decades -- Peter Leonard, EurasiaNet

Deaths, jail and cyber spies: The dangers of dissent in Thailand -- Sippachai Kunnuwong and Sophie Deviller, AFP

Will Ethiopia-Eritrea Peace Last? -- Michael Rubin, National Interest

How CNN reported on 'child slaves' who were not really enslaved -- Betty Mensah & Samuel Okyere, Al Jazeera

Italy Signs Up for the Belt and Road Initiative -- Jacob Shapiro, RCW

Ukraine's next president — a laughing matter? -- Roman Goncharenko, DW

Five years after Crimea’s illegal annexation, the issue is no closer to resolution -- Steven Pifer, Brookings

Maduro’s Useful Idiots -- Shlomo Ben-Ami, Project Syndicate

How a Marine’s Raw, Stunning Footage of War Became the Film Corps Leaders Don’t Want You to See -- David Axe, Daily Beast

Is the world running out of gold? -- Ashutosh Pandey, DW

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