March 30, 2017

Tag Archives: Afghanistan

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War in Perpetuity

(Photo by Cpl. Alex Guerra, CC License)

By any metric, the three-pronged American campaign in Afghanistan — nation-building, fighting against the Taliban and curbing the illicit drug commerce — has not yielded tangible results. But the amount spent on the mission is simply staggering: $1 trillion and counting. The reconciliation drive is a track that has lamentably gone cold and deserves the best possible shot, argues one Pakistani analyst. Read More »

Pakistan-Afghanistan Border Blockade

Lines of trucks stranded at Torkham border crossing on Pakistani side of its border with Afghanistan.

Will Islamabad see the patent reality that the road to Central Asia lies through Afghanistan? Read More »

Trauma and Afghan Journalists

Image Caption: The training participants in group with trainer. (Photo via FN)

Simple bravery is not enough for journalists to cope with trauma-like situation. Training is a must and the international community must come forward to help the Afghan journalists recover from the stress they face in the line of duty. Read More »

Geo-politics and Afghanistan

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Is South Asia witnessing the beginning of a new geo-political game between two obvious blocs (Indo-Afghan-USA and Moscow-Beijing-Pakistan-Iran) divided by conflicting views on sources of terrorism and shared interests in regional peace and development? Read More »

Pak-Afghan Relations — Why Not?

Pakistan has completed several projects in Afghanistan but many remain incomplete because of bureaucratic hurdles.

Bureaucratic egos and political motivations both in Pakistan and Afghanistan are adding complications to the already terse relations between the two neighbors. Read More »

Sharbat Case: From Across Border

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Sharbat Gula’s case offers Pakistan a chance to look at thousands of similar cases to avoid further embarrassment and prevent further damage to the bilateral relations. Read More »

Sharbat Gula: Lessons for Pakistan

President Ashraf Ghani and Afghanistan's first lady meet Sharbat Gula after her return to Afghanistan. (Photo via video stream)

Although Pakistan has offered 300kg wheat per head/year, in addition to the $400 per head by the UNHCR, yet stories like the one of Sharbat Gula and of maltreatment of Afghans in the past few months will resonate more with the Afghans. Read More »

Afghanistan’s Coming Water Crisis

River Kabul passing through the Afghan capital. (Photo by koldo, Creative Commons License)

Decades of conflict have left Afghanistan’s water infrastructure in a mess, and as refugees return to the country the prospect of water-related conflicts rises. Read More »

Time to Change Your Proxy Settings

Pakistan Army soldiers check vehicles in Quetta after terrorists killed 61 people in an attack on a police training school on Oct. 24. (Photo via video stream)

Pakistan’s politicians and government need to see through the smokescreen of terrorist acts and craft its own narrative on the proxy wars it faces, says one analyst, adding Islamabad also needs to start getting everyone on the same page when it comes to dealing with foreign skepticism of its counter-terror policies. Read More »

Maintaining Influence in Afghanistan

Marines, Afghan National Police Stay Vigilant in Southern Afghanistan. (Photo by DVIDSHUB, Creative Commons License)

Despite President Obama's promises of a drawdown in Afghanistan, the United States is settling in for the long haul. Read More »