Tag Archives: Kabul

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.

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Fault Lines Becoming Unbridgeable in US-Pakistan Relations

Imtiaz Gul discusses the non-negotiable constants that underpin the Pakistani and American attitudes to each other and which are unlikely to change any time soon.

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Climate Change And A Dry Kabul Wetland

The degraded condition of Kabul’s largest wetland area, and its declaration as a heritage site, are emblematic of Afghanistan’s challenges and efforts to save its water resources.

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War in Perpetuity

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.

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View from India: The Road to China is Through Kabul

New possibilities on regional cooperation are emerging, which India should not hesitate to explore.

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Afghanistan’s Coming Water Crisis

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.

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Pakistan-Afghan Relations: Mistrust and Misinformation

The rumors that followed the crash-landing of a Pakistani helicopter in Afghanistan point to deeper problems.

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Afghan Peace Process Hostage to Haqqanis?

Regardless of what Afghan leaders say the India-factor remains imposing in Kabul’s governance and security structures. It drives apprehensions — however misplaced — in Islamabad. Alleviating those apprehensions in a credible way would probably be the key to turn a leaf in Pak-Afghan relations.

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New Encirclement in South Asia

The vibes in south Asia are pretty clear now; a nationalist, jingoistic and intelligence-led mindset in New Delhi has turned Afghanistan into the centerpiece of its policy on Pakistan. Regardless of how they position themselves henceforth, the world should not be surprised if the current simmering tensions blew into armed hostilities – even if limited

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Afghanistan’s Cosmetic Surgery ‘Boom’

What the recent boom in the cosmetic industry means for the Afghanistan's middle class.

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