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Betrayed in Afghanistan

IT turns out, to the surprise of no one, that the Afghan Taliban haven’t changed after all. Last week, they announced that they were going to ban girls from going to…

The Afghan refugee question

Afghanistan’s hesitation to not accept Pakistan as a nation-state is said to stem from its stance on the creation of the Durand Line which Afghans say was without the consent…

Afghan jihad and Kashmir

ampa, Florida, is a long way from South Asia, but in mid-2011 I was there to attend a conference on Pakistan at the headquarters of the US Central Command as…

Afghan isolation Rustam

THE conference on Afghanistan convened by the UN secretary general in Doha has ended. The initiative was launched to explore possibilities of a constructive engagement with Afghan Taliban leaders in…

Afghanistan coffers swell

A dusty logjam of trucks inches across a rut in the mountains splitting Pakistan and Afghanistan, teeming with a cargo of fruit and coal — and paying the Taliban authorities…

As Afghanistan suffers

Afghanistan’s central bank’s frozen assets serve as a stark reminder of the limitations and decline of American influence in the region. Much to the disappointment of the US and other…

Afghans in distress

Pakistan has hosted between 1.3 and 3.6 million refugees for over 40 years; many of them have returned several times due to regime changes in Kabul. Pakistan has not signed…

SCO and Afghanistan

The changing circumstances in Afghanistan have been advancing a new stress test for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member-states. Seemingly, an effective multilateral response to emerging security threats from Afghanistan…