Originally published in The London Review of Books.
Rather than punishing the Afghan people and making life difficult for them, we can restructure the sanctions regime so it targets the Taliban.
If we do nothing, Afghanistan drifts into state collapse. The economic chokehold is squeezing the air out of the economy.
An economic collapse [in Afghanistan] would lead to exactly the outcomes the Europeans fear most: more violence and more refugees.
Turkey can't afford economically or politically to absorb a new wave of refugees [from Syria].
There are probably multiple agendas at play in Marib but the most urgent is the Houthis' belief they can take Marib city and end the war for the north [of Yemen].
Sudan’s economy is in freefall and there has been limited international assistance.