Tag Archives: Taliban

Why Does Russia See No Problem with Taliban Victories?

Moscow has downplayed concerns about the dramatic insurgent advances and said these advances don't threaten the stability of neighboring Central Asian states and Moscow’s regional security interests.

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Feelers from Kabul: Unease, Fear and Gloom

Afghans are disheartened by their leadership – both President Ghani and the Taliban. The common perception is that the Afghan leadership has squandered the opportunity in the intra-Afghan peace talks to resolve the conflict by stubbornly sticking to their respective positions. 

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Afghanistan: Time to Sell Peace, Not Cliches

Digging up dead horses or parroting old clichés does not help peace. Collective peace is much more important than the livelihoods of a few. Investing in Biden’s anti-peace efforts or questioning Pakistan’s past motives will not take away the credit that belongs to it and is acknowledged by all regional powers.

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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.

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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.

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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?  

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Afghanistan: Should India Talk to the Taliban?

The question is what should India do? Talk to the Taliban or stay away and hope for the best?

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If General Rawat Can Talk to Taliban, Why Not to Kashmiris?

The Indian Army chief rejects unconditional talks with separatists and militants in Indian-administered Kashmir, asserting that any talks in the Valley will be ‘on our terms’. That is plain hypocrisy.

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What next in Afghanistan?

Pakistan has limited cards to play but if played nattily, it has a chance of resetting its relationship with Afghanistan. With India and Iran thinking of establishing links with the Taliban, Pakistan must maintain its watch.   

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Trump Request for Help: Booby-Trap?

In short, Pakistan’s diplomacy is on trial for sure; it, of course, should help its neighbors and also work together with the US for peace in Afghanistan. But one would hope – that for the short-term objective of accommodating US plans – it does not walk into a booby trap in an already explosive situation.

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