The Chinese president’s visit to Iran (after summits in Saudi Arabia and Egypt) is of strategic significance

Feb 01, 2016
WPS Sidhu

As a bloody offensive by the Taliban spreads in Afghanistan and with American combat operations there officially ended, anxious Chinese leaders find themselves under pressure to take a more active role in the long-stalled peace process, according to scholars and current and former diplomats.

Jan 24, 2016
Barnett Rubin
China, South Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan

As the battlefield losses in Afghanistan mount and entire swathes of the country that cost hundreds of U.S.-led coalition and Afghan military lives to secure slip back into Taliban hands.

Jan 11, 2016
Barnett Rubin

Remember Afghanistan? From 2006 to 2011, while Canadian troops in Kandahar were fighting Taliban insurgents, Afghanistan dominated debate about Canadian foreign and defence policy. In the years since, the political and security problems of the troubled Central Asian crossroads have mattered less directly to Canadians.

Jan 11, 2016
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan

When - or if - completed, a new natural gas pipeline would carry 33 billion cubic metres of gas from Turkmenistan through three South Asian countries. 

Pakistan and India would each purchase 42 percent of the gas; the remaining 6 percent would go to Afghanistan. Afghanistan would receive about $400 million per year in transit fees, equal to about 25 percent of the state's total domestic revenue in 2015.

Jan 04, 2016
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan

Cultural, diplomatic, and economic exchange has proliferated between India and the Middle East since ancient times. This engagement has continued into the modern era. India has maintained a strong relationship with Egypt, particularly since both countries became the founders of the Non-Aligned Movement during the Cold War. India also maintains bilateral relations with Iraq, Iran, Syria, and the Gulf states, dating back to when the area was known as the Fertile Crescent and when the Arab spice trade dominated the region.

Dec 18, 2015
WPS Sidhu
South Asia, India, Pakistan

2015 will be remembered for bold initiatives at the bilateral, plurilateral and multilateral level

Dec 21, 2015
WPS Sidhu
South Asia, India, Pakistan

 

CIC Associate Director Barnett Rubin spoke on November 24 at the Carnegie Council along with Ahmed Rashid on Af-Pak, Taliban and Daesh. View the full video of the dialogue below:

On Monday November 23rd, CIC and the United States Institute for Peace (USIP) hosted a panel to discuss a new CIC report on China’s One-Belt-One-Road initiative (OBOR), its impact on Afghanistan and Pakistan, and how it relates to United States efforts in the broader region.

Nov 23, 2015
China, South Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan

Ideological and religious differences will continue to limit ISIL's ability to recruit from Afghan Taliban.

Nov 02, 2015
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan