Afghanistan

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.

March, 2020

  • 4 March

    Ghani’s Diatribe on Pakistan: New Round of Dirty Geo-Politics?

    It seems, President Ghani refuses to stop singling out Pakistan for his country’s ills. And as if to respond to the apparent brinkmanship by Ghani, President Trump spoke with the Taliban chief Mulla Ghani for 35 minutes over phone.

December, 2019

  • 18 December

    Afghanistan and Duplicity of Geo-Politics

    Democracy demands of them to first call out India for its brazen treatment of Kashmir and the Citizenship Amendment Bill before finding pretexts to interfere in China or call for sanctions on Pakistan, argues Pakistan's leading analyst.

  • 3 December

    How Pakistan is Failing to Mend its Trade Relations with Afghanistan

    After nearly four decades, Pakistani state institutions have miserably failed in providing a decent, mutually beneficial framework for the Afghan refugees and the children born to them.

September, 2019

  • 10 September

    Did Khalilzad’s Positive Views on Pakistan Annoy Hardliners?

    A big question facing us all is: is it a smoke-screen Trump has created before dropping a bombshell or has the US security establishment finally triumphed over the whimsical, matter-of-fact president who loves to fly solo, and probably seeking glory?  

July, 2019

  • 16 July

    Are Hopes of Peace Reviving for Afghanistan?

    The developing situation on lasting peace in Afghanistan augurs well for the region as the Afghan quagmire has continued for too long. All stakeholders must now cash on this available window of opportunity; if nations do not cooperate and work together, it is the people who suffer.