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Afghan Peace

Afghan peace

Constant military surveillance of Afghans yields almost no real intelligence about the problems they face each day. An unusual group of volunteers uses a far different approach. Hossein, a member…

Navigating The Afghan Challenge

Navigating the Afghan challenge

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s recent day-long trip to Kabul represented a serious and well-thought-out effort to reach out to the Afghan leadership with an aim to stop relations between…

The Afghan Stalemate

The Afghan stalemate

Powerful states are averse to admitting their mistakes. President Obama came close, by conceding that the Iraq war was unjust. He went on to claim that the war in Afghanistan…

Stuck In The Afghan Muck

Stuck in the Afghan muck

According to legend, Alexander the Great’s mother sent him a letter taunting him for being stuck in Afghanistan for three years after conquering Anatolia, Mesopotamia and Persia in a year.…

The Afghan Graveyard

The Afghan graveyard

Afghans often proudly refer to their country as “the graveyard of empires”. Today, unfortunately, it has become just a graveyard. The latest UN Report on Afghanistan chronicles the large and…

Trumped In Afghanistan

Trumped in Afghanistan

US President Donald Trump’s unveiling of his government’s Afghanistan policy should not surprise us. It is as expected. The increased US troops that have been welcomed by Kabul are only…

Afghanistan: our case

Pakistan considers itself a victim of the Afghanistan problem instead of its cause. Soon after 9/11, Pakistan broke ties with the Taliban government and joined the war on terror. Consequently,…

Dealing with the Afghans

Our shut-open-shut border policy towards Afghanistan needs a serious review. More than a review, it needs context, aim-identification and proper juxtaposition within our long-term strategic worldview. We ought to have…