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Afghan Stalemate?

Afghan stalemate?

One did not expect much from Hamid Karzai’s visit to Pakistan to try and rebuild our frayed ties and revive the peace process with the Taliban. Karzai stayed true to…

Afghanistan: Handle With Care

Afghanistan: handle with care

The Pak-US relationship has seen many ups and downs over the years, but not to the extent that was witnessed after the 2011 Salala incident. Although efforts have been made…

Rivalry In Afghanistan

Rivalry in Afghanistan

We are less than 18 months away from the December 2014 transition deadline in Afghanistan. Political and security-related issues that need forward movement during this period are in focus —…

Sartaj And The Afghan Crisis

Sartaj and the Afghan crisis

The inane illusions of the Karzai regime and its habitual outbursts against Pakistan have become a source of laughter even to the philistine. This was again in evidence on Monday…

Afghan War: End Or Beginning?

Afghan war: end or beginning?

Fast-track efforts are on for the resolution of the conflict that has ravaged Afghanistan for the last so many years. Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai, the US Secretary of State, John…

Afghanistan Beyond 2014

Afghanistan beyond 2014

The post-2014 situation in Afghanistan, after the withdrawal of the US/Nato/ International Security Assistance Force, has been the subject of a most vexing debate in recent times. The main difficulty…

Pushing Afghans To Failure

Pushing Afghans to failure

There have been many strange statements by US senior military officers over the years, and one of the more intriguing came last week from Marine Corps Maj Gen Larry D…

The Afghan Policy Shift

The Afghan policy shift

After 9/11 Pakistan-US ties have experienced many ups and downs. However, a marked policy shift was seen with the election of President Obama. The new administration attached Afghanistan’s affairs with…