September 23, 2017

Thoughts on Trump’s Afghan Strategy

(Photo by Sean Ellis, CC license)

If President Trump’s new strategy and the reaction it has received from the current and former US officials and commentators around the world is any evidence, the chances of its success seems pretty low. Read More »

Afghanistan: Winning Strategy?

President Trump announcing the new US strategy for Afghanistan war on August 22. (Photo via video stream)

President Trump has embraced deeper US involvement in Afghanistan in a military campaign he once slammed as futile. Though touted as a conditions-based regional move towards a political solution, the new plan indicates little innovation. Read More »

Pakistan Needs Whole-of-government Approach

Pakistani security personnel checking a car at the country border with Afghanistan. (Photo via video stream)

Beijing has literally pulled Pakistan out of a generally hostile international environment through the CPEC. Read More »

McCain’s Formula for Success in Afghanistan

Will Senator McCain's proposal turn the Afghan tide? (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Matthew Freire via DVIDSHUB, CC license)

Senator John McCain's proposed measures as Afghan strategy can be helpful to some extent, but there is no guarantee they will turn the tide in Afghanistan. Read More »

Afghanistan: A Gathering Storm

President Ashraf Ghani's growing intolerance of dissent has prompted his critics to join hands against his government.

Afghanistan’s Vice President Rashid Doctam’s wringing denunciation of the government, of which he is part and parcel, indicates the gathering political storm in Kabul. The looming crisis could pose a formidable challenge to Ashraf Ghani’s government whose constitutionality has come under a cloud. Read More »

US and Pakistan: Why Not Just Say No to CSF?

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It’s about time to act like a self-respecting and confident nation which is ready to correct its own course as well as being poised to address others’ concerns on issues such as terrorism, regional peace and cooperation, opines one Pakistani analyst. Read More »

Afghanistan’s Dostum Problem

Afghanistan warlord-turned politician Abdul Rashid Dostum is a controversial figure often accused of grave human rights violations. (Photo via video stream)

Whether Afghanistan's First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum is convicted or not, there will be anger and accusations that the rule of law has been cheated. Read More »

Afghanistan: Beset by Geo-Politics

Marine Drivers Training Course mentors instruct Afghan National Army 209th Corps soldiers on basic driving skills. Marines also train a select few ANA soldiers to become instructors themselves. (Photo by: Master Sgt. Christopher DeWitt/ResoluteSupportMedia, CC license))

As the Trump administration ponders raising troops level in Afghanistan to stabilize its security environment, one Pakistani analyst digs into the complex issues and conflicting interests of regional and international players in the war-torn country that remain continue to be part of Afghan problem. Read More »

Mr. Ghani’s Anger

President Ashraf Ghani has been frequently blaming Pakistan for his shrinking power. (Photo via US Institute of Peace)

Multiple trans-border geopolitical and internal political factors are responsible for Kabul's current political and security crisis. Pakistan needs to step up its game to counter accusations of Afghan bloodshed. Read More »

Clouds of Third Afghan War?

Afghanistan's situation makes it much more imperative for the land-locked country's immediate neighbors to also collectively pursue peace and reconciliation. (Photo via Daily Times)

Although the situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating, one would only hope that Afghan leaders would put the fears of a third Afghan war to rest. But, much more than the international actors, a lot depends on the Afghan leaders to jointly work for peace. Read More »