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Our Afghanistan policy

With the installation of an interim Taliban cabinet, the process of government formation has marked a step forward in the pursuit of returning Afghanistan to some semblance of normalcy. Mainly…

Afghanistan calculus

The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan used to raise $2.8 billion in domestic revenues per year and spent $11.4 billion per year. Of the $11.4 billion in public spending, $5.6 billion…

Orientalism and Afghanistan

While the world still reels from the Taliban takeover from Kabul, a particular narrative is percolating the discourse around the takeover of and the prior American occupation in Afghanistan. This…

Who messed up Afghanistan?

IN his latest interview to PBS NewsHour, Prime Minister Khan correctly said the US “really messed it up in Afghanistan” and he also rightly questioned America’s motive for invading Afghanistan. In a second interview to…

New Afghanistan

Education: In 2001, primary school student enrollment in Afghanistan stood at 773,623. It has now grown to over 7 million. In 2001, total student enrollment – primary school to university…

The future of Afghanistan

Taliban are just 50km away from Afghanistan’s capital Kabul after having captured the Logar province and its provincial capital Pol-e Alam. Logar is Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s home province. In…

Afghanistan realities

India, UNSC president for the month of August, laid bare its malice and frustration by rejecting Pakistan’s request for participation in a meeting convened to discuss Afghanistan. At their saber-rattling…

Soviet Afghanistan, and Kashmir

Tampa, 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…

Pakistan’s true role in Afghanistan

In less than two weeks, the situation in Afghanistan has changed dramatically. Many people have been taken by surprise by the swiftness of the fall of the Islamic Republic of…

Afghanistan’s brain drain

The US government has finally decided to pull out its troops from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021, nearly two decades after the United States first invaded to oust the Taliban.…