Afghanistan

Pakistan and Afghanistan - Epicentres of Geopolitical Intrigue

  0 comments   |     by Chris Kanthan on 04, September 2018

The U.S. wants to stay in Afghanistan for geopolitical reasons – to have a footprint against China, Russia and Iran. Thus, it’s not in the best interest of the U.S. to have a peaceful, stable Afghanistan. As long as there’s chaos in Afghanistan, there’s a justification for U.S. military bases. It’s the classic Problem-Reaction-S

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New regional configurations taking lead in Afghanistan war

  0 comments   |     by Salman Rafi Sheikh on 13, August 2018

About two weeks ago Pakistan reportedly hosted spy-chiefs of Russia, China and Iran to formulate a joint policy and a platform for extended co-operation in Afghanistan against the rising threat of the Islamic State in Khorasan (IS-K) in Afghanistan. Whereas the fact of Pakistan hosting these talks highlights Pakistan’s own pivot to regional powers against the

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Cracking the Afghan-Pak nut It is Nothing Short of a Challenge for Pakistan to Reconcile

  0 comments   |     by Salman Rafi Sheikh on 07, August 2018

It is nothing short of a challenge for Pakistan to reconcile its western neighbour, a neighbour Pakistan has almost ne

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Third American-Afghan war? THE decision by the Trump administration

  0 comments   |     by Zahid Hussain on 27, June 2018

THE decision by the Trump administration to bolster the presence of US troops in Afghanistan raises questions about America’s getting into the third phase of its Afghan war. The number of additional troops is likely to be 3,000 to 5,000 in addition to the 8,800 or so American soldiers already engaged in the war that is in its 16th year. 

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China factor in Afghan peace The Chinese Vice Foreign Minister

  0 comments   |     by Samran Ali on 21, May 2018

The Chinese Vice Foreign Minister, Li Baodong, speaking at Tashkent Peace Conference on Afghanistan, extended China’s support to the inclusive political reconciliation process in Afghanistan. He said China saw Afghanistan as an important partner under its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) project. Although limited in the past, the Chinese interest in Afghanistan

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CPEC being extended to Afghanistan The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

  0 comments   |     by admin on 25, April 2018

BEIJING: The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor -- the flagship project of China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) -- is being extended to Afghanistan, a study report said on Sunday.

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Analysis: Why is Russia warming up to Pakistan?

  0 comments   |     by admin on 05, April 2018

As Pakistan navigates its troubled relationship with the United States and scrambles to avoid being blacklisted for "not taking action on some of the entities and individuals designated as terrorists by the UN", regional alliances are shifting — and analysts po

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The American Military Humiliated (Again) Matthew Raphael Johnson

  0 comments   |     by Matthew Raphael Johnson on 02, April 2018

Afghanistan as the True Graveyard of Empires T

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China’s Latest Move in the Graveyard of Empires

  32 comments   |     by By Pepe Escobar on 28, March 2018

The latest plot twist in the endless historical saga of Afghanistan as a graveyard of empires has thrown up an intriguing new chapter. For the past two months, Beijing and Kabul have been discussing the possibility of setting up a military base alongside Afghanistan’s border with China.

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The Absurdity of the New ‘Great Game’ in Central Asia

  0 comments   |     by By Lyle J. Goldstein on 24, March 2018

When the American people went to the polls in November 2016, they could be forgiven for thinking they had elected a president who might just bring the troops home from Afghanistan. After nearly seventeen years of grinding war in that poor, desolate and ultimately i

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