Will a failure of the reconciliation process in Afghanistan lead to fresh international fighting? Clearly, 15 years of insurgency has led the international community to conclude that force offers no solution. The vibes emerging out of the process appear to be positive and underscore that pragmatism is guiding the process.
The ideological synergy among the Afghan Taliban and Pakistani terrorists in eastern Afghanistan represents a formidable threat, and demands extraordinary action by both Afghanistan and Pakistan to confront it.
A Senate subcommittee is looking at waste by a Pentagon task force. It would do well to review the reasons why a major hydroelectric power plant sits unfinished even after spending of more than 300 million dollars.
As 2016 begins, leaders in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan should bury the hatchet, give up proxy wars, and give way to confidence instead of suspicion. They must share responsibilities and together defeat the enemies of peace and progress.
The relentless Taliban attacks and advances in Kunduz, Helmand, Ningarhar and the suicide bombing on a Nato base near Bagram on December 21 are making majority of Afghans uncertain about the future of the current National Unity Government.
It is yet to be seen who wins out in the power struggle in Afghanistan after the resignation of the resignation of its powerful spy chief, which may make life difficult for the already beleaguered Ashraf Ghani Presidency.
It seems a vested interest in Kabul is united against the rest of the world, which would want all Afghans to join forces for ending the state of war. Scapegoating or externalizing problems never leads to solutions. Pakistan did so and suffered. Our Afghan friends should learn from this.
High level patronage networks in developing countries have allowed corruption to thrive and become pervasive. This fosters criminal networks, waste, fraud, etc and has a debilitating effect on security. What is really dangerous is how corruption facilitates penetration of security screens.
Rather than blaming Pakistan for its every problem, Afghanistan needs to realize that its challenges originate from within the country.
The Islamabad Declaration has emerged as a document of convergence for Pakistan and Afghanistan on many issues of mutual concern. The big challenge, however, is to ensure that these vows actually help in detoxing narratives and trumping geopolitics.