Category: Afghanistan

Afghanistan

‘Great Game’ returns to Central Asia with new players

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A return of the Taliban to power in Afghanistan would likely see a repeat of their previous policies, writes Rajkumar Singh. In the past two years the Taliban’s strength in Afghanistan has been restored and dozens of other militia groups, operating inside and outside the country, are cooperating with the Taliban leadership. While a return […]

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Pakistan remains obstacle to lasting peace with the Taliban

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As long as Pakistan continues to offer sanctuary to the Taliban, the prospects for peace in Afghanistan will likely remain remote Let’s be frank, the primary obstacle to a lasting peace with the Taliban in Afghanistan is Pakistan; specifically, the Pakistani establishment’s support of the Taliban insurgency. The role of ‘spoilers’ has been well documented […]

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Taliban and Pakistan overtures open political rifts in Afghanistan

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As Afghanistan seeks rapprochement with Pakistan and opens negotiations with the Taliban, AMIR HAIDARI observes rising tensions between former president Hamid Karzai and leaders of the National Unity Government. As Afghanistan begins negotiations with the Taliban in Pakistan, lingering tensions have surfaced between former president Hamid Karzai and the leaders of the National Unity Government […]

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Afghans pin new hopes on national unity government

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Keeping together a fragile alliance will be a challenge for Afghanistan’s new national government, writes NIAMATULLAH IBRAHIMI. On 29 September, to the relief of Afghans and the international community, Afghanistan’s national unity government was sworn in after a prolonged and disputed presidential runoff. This was the first peaceful transfer of power from one elected president […]

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Karzai’s chequered legacy

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After two terms in power, Afghanistan’s first elected president has left behind a profoundly transformed country, writes ALI REZA YUNESPOUR. When Hamid Karzai was announced as the chairman of the Interim Authority at the Bonn Conference on Afghanistan in 2001, he was given responsibility for leading a country ruined by decades of war and poverty. […]

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Afghanistan’s presidential election cause for cautious optimism

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Afghans have shown their determination to defy the Taliban and support a democratic future, writes Nematullah Bizhan The Afghan presidential election on 5 April reflected the resilience of Afghan society and its confidence in a legitimate political transition to a peaceful and stable future. It showed that not only is democracy welcome in Afghanistan but […]