Afghanistan

Afghanistan

On ‘Legality’ of Governments and Regimes: Brief Glimpse of United Nations’ Treatment of Previous Regimes in Cambodia and Afghanistan

Just over 49 years ago on the 29 August 1969 the (former) Burmese Prime Minister U Nu who had been overthrown by General Ne Win and who was detained by General Ne Win and his Revolutionary Council from 2 March 1962 to 27 October 1966 announced in London, that he was still the ‘legal Prime …

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‘Great Game’ returns to Central Asia with new players

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

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

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

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

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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