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Afghanistan: A Messy Endgame

Afghanistan: a messy endgame

Short of declaring victory the Obama administration has announced it is ready to ‘turn the page’ on America’s longest war. The endgame had already started with the drawdown of US…

Our Afghanistan Policy

Our Afghanistan policy

Salutations and congratulations to both Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah of Afghanistan. They are both winners. They have agreed on a total voter audit thereby placing Afghanistan’s interests above their…

Afghanistan: The Myth Of The Ethnic Divide

Afghanistan: the myth of the ethnic divide

For unknown reasons, many analysts perpetually paint Afghanistan as a fragile space – a china shop of sorts. Just a little military or political aggravation in Afghanistan is enough for…

Hope In Afghanistan

Hope in Afghanistan

The snowballing crisis in Afghanistan triggered by allegations of massive rigging in the run-off stage of the elections, seems to have been checked in its tracks at least for now…

Friends In Afghanistan

Friends in Afghanistan

Hamid Karzai has declared his willingness to jointly fight terrorism provided Pakistan accepts his seven conditions for cooperation, one of which requires Pakistan (and Afghanistan) to coordinate their anti-terror efforts…

Portents From Afghanistan’s Election

Portents from Afghanistan’s election

Next Saturday the Afghans will be going to the polls in the runoff of the election to choose their next president. The two names on the ballot paper will be…

Reconnecting Afghanistan

Reconnecting Afghanistan

The exercise of universal franchise in the war conditions prevailing in Afghanistan has been a tremendous landmark not only for the Afghans themselves but for countries like Pakistan on the…

Will Afghanistan See Peace?

Will Afghanistan see peace?

Talk of peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan is not a new phenomenon; it has been there in one shape or another since the day Soviet troops marched into that country.…