July 22, 2017

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 »

Reconnecting Afghanistan

UK Prime Minister David Cameron hosted Afghan President, Ashraf Ghani, Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at No 10 on December 5, 2014, Crown Copyright photo by  Arron Hoare, Creative Commons License)

Afghanistan has finally found its “man of destiny” in Ashraf Ghani. How long before some leader in Pakistan rises above self, selfishness and greed for the sake of the country? Read More »

Withdrawal Symptoms in Afghanistan: An Indian View

(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Lan Kim/ISAFMedia, Creative Commons License)

Many fear that after the U.S. withdrawal, the Taliban will take over southern parts of the country with growing terrorism and insecurity threatening a weak government in Kabul. Read More »