Afghanistan

The 71st UN general assembly (UNGA) session, unlike the somnolent affairs of the past, literally began with a bang. A couple of explosions and the discovery of crude bombs in New York and New Jersey, barely a week after the 15th anniversary of 9/11, revived the spectre of terrorism. The swift arrest of Ahmad Khan Rahami just two days later and his reported trips to Pakistan and Afghanistan focused attention on the region as a base of transnational terrorism.

Sep 26, 2016
WPS Sidhu

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

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

President Obama has announced that the U.S, will maintain 8,400 troops in Afghanistan until the end of his term. The international military presence does not only affect the balance of forces between the government and the Taliban insurgency based in Pakistan.

Aug 09, 2016
Barnett Rubin, Georgette Gagnon
Middle East, Afghanistan

Few if any Taliban leaders say they want to re-establish the Islamic Emirate or revive the policies that drew the world’s opprobrium upon them when they controlled the Afghan state in the 1990s.That is the conclusion drawn in this report by Borhan Osman of the Afghanistan Analysts Network and Anand Gopal, author of No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes from interviews with members of the Taliban’s political wing and analysis of the movement’s official publications.

Jul 13, 2016
Borhan Osman, Anand Gopal
South Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan

During German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s recent visit to China, the two countries agreed to jointly fund a disaster response centre in Afghanistan. It was just the latest sign of China’s increasingly prominent role in that country, which also includes trying to jump-start peace talks with the Taliban.

Jul 06, 2016
Joanna Chiu, Jared Ferrie, Barnett Rubin
China, South Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan
Afghanistan

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