April 24, 2017

ISIL Poses a Threat to Afghanistan

(Photo via Iraqi News)

The ISIL is getting foothold in Afghanistan whose weak government has no counter-terrorism strategy to deal with the emerging threat, warns one Afghan analyst. Read More »

China Responds to Afghanistan’s Bloodiest Day

Afghan National Army recruits stand in formation during their graduation ceremony at the Kabul Military Training Center.  (Photo by US Army, Creative Commons License)

China’s ambassador promised training and equipment for Afghan forces. With peace talks faltering, will that be enough? Read More »

Pakistan-Afghanistan Relations: Will Narratives Change?

Protestors burn a poster of Pakistani politician Maulana Fazlur Rehman during a protest against his visit in June 2015. (Photo via video stream)

Ashraf Ghani finds himself pitched against deeply-entrenched beliefs about Pakistan in Afghanistan’s security establishment. Read More »

Afghanistan: Talks’ Endorsement

Afghanistan Helmandblog

Mullah Omar’s pro-talks message is a morale booster for Ghani. Read More »

Afghanistan: Strange Bedfellows

Abdul Rashid Dostum (l) and Governor Atta Mohammad Noor.

There are broad indications the newfound unity between the erstwhile foes — northern Balkh province’s Governor Atta Mohammad Noor and First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum — has been brought about by some regional powers to protect their interest in Afghanistan. Read More »

Beyond the Brazen Attack on Afghan Parliament

After concluding an intelligence pact with Pakistan, President Ashraf Ghani has lost much public support. (Photo by Fardin waezi/UNAMA, CC License)

The attack on the Afghan parliament was a grim reminder the militants are hard to vanquish on the battlefield. The spike in violence has put Afghanistan’s rag-tag security forces under more pressure than at any time in the past six months. Read More »

Afghanistan’s Cosmetic Surgery ‘Boom’

Hamkar Plastic Surgery Hospital, Kabul.  (Photo by Ali Latifi, via Himal Southasian)

What the recent boom in the cosmetic industry means for the Afghanistan's middle class. Read More »

New Dynamics of Pakistan-Afghanistan Relations

Afghan President Hamid Karzai at a meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his visit to Islamabad, last November,

Islamabad must build on the unusual goodwill in Kabul to prove it is sincere in cooperating against terrorism. Read More »

Afghanistan at the Crossroads

Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani, left, shakes hands with rival Abdullah Abdullah, right, at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 12, 2014, after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry helped broker an agreement on a technical and political plan to resolve the disputed outcome of the election between them.  (Photo by U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan , Creative Commons License)

Economically dependent on the foreign presence, Afghanistan will need to work hard to succeed on its own. Read More »

Turkey’s Role in Post-2014 Afghanistan

A Turkish soldiers greets Hajj pilgrims from Afghanistan. (Photo by isafmedia, Creative Commons License)

One analyst thinks that Turkey's most successful foreign policy has been that practiced in Afghanistan during the past ten years. Read More »