To the Editor:

A Former Taliban Minister Senses a Growing Demand for Afghan Peace” (The Saturday Profile, Sept. 10), about Agha Jan Motasim, a former Taliban leader, reports that “an early attempt to seek reconciliation” between the Taliban and the Afghan government “through the governor of Kandahar was rejected, so the Taliban had no other choice but to fight.”

Sep 19, 2016
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan
Afghanistan, Pakistan

PRAGUE, For more than two decades, Pakistan has been accused of creating and sustaining the Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan as one of the biggest and most ruthless surrogate forces in modern times.

A leading Western expert of the region, however, says the reality of this opaque relationship is much more complex.

Sep 08, 2016
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan
Afghanistan, Pakistan

Afghanistan expert Barnett Rubin speaks with Qadir Habib about the outlook for Central Asia.

Watch the full interview.

Sep 08, 2016
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan
Afghanistan

PRAGUE, Author and academic Barnett Rubin, a former senior adviser to the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, is still hopeful that Afghan elite consensus, international support, and regional cooperation will prevent the ship from sinking in Afghanistan amid escalating Taliban violence.

Sep 08, 2016
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan
Afghanistan

1. Dear Said Sabir Ibrahimi, how do you assess Azerbaijani-Afghan relations and what are the prospects for their development?

Sep 07, 2016
Said Sabir Ibrahimi
South Asia, Afghanistan

On the one hand, there are umbrella states that are addicted to their nuclear protection, and on the other, there are umbrella states that clearly feel trapped by it

Aug 29, 2016
WPS Sidhu
South Asia, India
India

Said Sabir Ibrahimi, Research Associate, appeared on Voice of America Dari to discuss the US elections and its implications on Afghanistan.

Q: Do you think it is concerning that the US presidential candidates have not mentioned Afghanistan in their speeches?

A: Donald Trump has been vague about his programs, and both him and Hillary Clinton have not mentioned Afghanistan in their big foreign policy speeches, but in their interviews with American media, they both have mentioned Afghanistan.

Aug 22, 2016
Said Sabir Ibrahimi
South Asia, Afghanistan
Afghanistan

The numbers and skill sets of India’s foreign service are woefully out of sync with the global role that the political leadership envisages for the country

Aug 15, 2016
WPS Sidhu
South Asia, India
India

It has become a cliché that every US presidential election is more significant than the previous one, not only for the future of the US but for the rest of the world, including India. Yet, like most clichés, there is more than an element of truth and ample proof that the 2016 election will be unlike any other that the US has seen since at least 1940.

Aug 01, 2016
WPS Sidhu
United States, South Asia, India
India

The ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague against China’s claim on the South China Sea in a case brought before the court by the Philippines should prima facie have remained a bilateral matter between the litigants. In reality, however, it has become an exemplar of China’s role in the ongoing contest to determine the world order. China’s shrill and bellicose response during and after the ruling has only served to heighten alarm over Beijing’s intentions and behaviour among all the major powers, including India.

Jul 18, 2016
WPS Sidhu
China, East Asia, South Asia, India

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