In Afghanistan, nothing much changes, only the weapons become more lethal.
The United States is optimistic for a peace deal with the Taliban so they can finally escape from their fatal involvement in the country.
But the country’s scarcely a stable entity given that it now has two rival governments, one led by Ashraf Ghani, the other by his supposedly-defeated presidential rival Abdullah Abdullah.
According to the Asian-Pacific magazine ‘The Diplomat’, the country’s elections are increasingly fraudulent and most people don’t even bother to vote any more.
It seems the country is more or less ungovernable. As it has been for centuries.