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US Works With Afghan Leader, And Around Him

US works with Afghan leader, and around him

The Obama administration has a simple-sounding strategy for the problem that is Hamid Karzai: Work with the Afghan leader and work around him at the same time. As President Barack…

Poll Scene In Afghanistan

Poll scene in Afghanistan

Afghanistan goes to the polls in the third week of this month to elect a president and provincial councils. The incumbent President Hamid Karzai is one of the candidates of…

Afghanistan’s Ire

Afghanistan’s ire

Pakistan ‘irritates’ Afghan President Hamid Karzai, says an official of his government quoted in The Washington Post. Fair enough. In the midst of a decade-old war with no favourable outcome…

Wider Perspective Needed

Wider perspective needed

Afghan President Hamid Karzai lashed out at the foreign media recently for painting a gloomy picture of Afghanistan after the pullout of Western troops. It appears that anxiety and frustration…

The Strategic Agenda

The strategic agenda

The present flows from the past, and the future will emerge from the present. Syria’s sectarian war: The headline issue today and in the near future is likely to be…

Movers And Shakers

Movers and shakers

After the assassination of Burhanuddin Rabbani, head of the Afghan Peace Council, last year, President Hamid Karzai had said in another outburst against Pakistan that since he did not know…

The Elusive Afghan Peace

The elusive Afghan peace

In Kabul, it is not just the political opponents of President Hamid Karzai that believe that the peace process initiated by the government is doomed to failure. It is also…

Some Forward Movement

Some forward movement

It seems that the theme of reconciliation within Afghanistan has by and large dominated the many discussions held on that country in New York over the last fortnight. President Hamid…

Search For Reconciliation

Search for reconciliation

THE idea of reconciliation is gradually picking up steam. President Hamid Karzai’s ‘preliminary talks’ with a delegation of the Hizb-i-Islami in Kabul recently threw some light on the efforts that…

Further Progress

Further progress

Last week I had identified some steps that Pakistan had taken to promote reconciliation in Afghanistan. I had suggested that there were further measures that Pakistan should also take, urgently, since…