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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…

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…

Pakistan’s viable Afghan policy

It is no surprise that Pakistan's two top security officials are in the US to meet with their counterparts to discuss future cooperation in Afghanistan. The current state of Pakistan-India…

Can India be a partner in Afghanistan?

Indian commentators are acknowledging that keeping a distance from the Afghan Taliban was a mistake. Now that India has closed down its consulates in Kandahar, Jalalabad and Herat, they are…

Afghanistan policy: testing times

Sadly, Afghanistan for a good part of its history has been at war with itself. Foreign powers have sometimes provoked these wars and sometimes joined them. The United States joined…

Resolving the Afghan conundrum

The manner in which the Taliban are making advances in Afghanistan has resulted in heightening diplomatic efforts to find some kind of a negotiated settlement for a peaceful transfer of…

Afghanistan: talking peace

Friday, Kabul, Afghanistan: as he walked down the stairs of his office – holding a cane in one hand, I stepped forward to shake hands with him. About six feet…

Afghanistan: what next?

In my considered opinion, the probability of a ‘political solution’ to the Afghan quagmire is low. In my considered opinion, the probability of a ‘diplomatic solution’ to the Afghan impasse…

Pakistan’s Afghan predicament

WITH the American forces racing to the exit, Afghanistan has further descended into chaos. There is an element of inevitability about the unfolding situation. The power vacuum widened by the withdrawal…