Afghanistan

April, 2021

  • 5 April

    Afghanistan: Peace Still a Far Cry

    While the US, Russia and China have their own interests in the matter one should be careful to try to put pressure on a process that is supposed to be ‘Afghan-led and Afghan-owned; the experience with the Bonn conference in 2001 that tried to prescribe conditions to Afghans have rather not been helpful. And the threat of the US to delay their troop pull-out is a game-breaker looming large over the situation.

  • 2 April

    Mild Winter in Afghanistan Threatens Staple Potato Crop

    Climate change and water mismanagement could create a food crisis, as Afghanistan’s biggest potato-producing province records a dramatic drop in precipitation

March, 2021

  • 23 March

    Uzbekistan Eyes Pakistan’s Gwadar Port for Exports

    A southbound logistics corridor via the Gwadar Port can increase regional connectivity and trade, offering Central Asian states direct access to the deepsea port. Plans are also afoot to connect Uzbekistan with Pakistan via Afghanistan through railway.

  • 13 March

    Inclusivity is Key to Salvaging the US-Taliban Doha Deal

    Any major deviation from the basic contours of the existing agreement will only help spoilers of peace and not the millions of Afghans who are desperate for a return to normalcy. This could also erode trust in the inviolability of future peace agreements that consume enormous effort and time to mature.

  • 5 March

    Afghan Women Worry Peace with Taliban Could Cost Them Hard-won Rights

    Women are a pale presence in the on-again, off-again, U.S.-brokered Afghanistan peace process underway in Doha, Qatar. The Taliban, which still controls roughly 30% of Afghanistan’s territory, has no women on its negotiating team. Only four of the Afghan government’s 21 negotiators are women – even though several women play prominent roles within the national government.

October, 2020

  • 21 October

    Deadlocked Afghan Peace Talks and Continued Uncertainty

    Are Afghanistan's key power players positioning themselves for a new phase of fierce power struggle, particularly in view of President Ghani’s determination to hang on to power? He may be banking on Joe Biden’s victory but will Biden be able to reverse much of Trump’s doing including a partial choking of funds for Kabul?

September, 2020

  • 28 September

    Abdullah Abdullah, the Harbinger of Peace in Afghanistan?

    Abdullah Abdullah is more a ‘son of the soil’ than Ghani, who sooner or later will return to the US. It would also suit Afghanistan and the region if it had a rather independent government.

  • 14 September

    Afghanistan Peace Talks Begin on High Expectations, New Questions

    Polling shows the Afghan people were willing to make some compromises for peace. But many question whether the Taliban can be held accountable for what they’ve promised.

June, 2020

  • 25 June

    Corruption Could Push Afghanistan Back to Civil War, Top US Official Warns

    America's top official overseeing Afghanistan's reconstruction warns return of civil war if President Ghani's government stops "lip service" to international donors and gets serious in fighting the endemic corruption in his country.

May, 2020

  • 18 May

    Pakistan: Confronting Afghanistan’s Looming Food Crisis

    The international community that has for years invested in soldiers, weapons and explosives sent into Afghanistan should now ready itself to send wheat, meat and other food items.