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 […]

Afghanistan

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 […]

Afghanistan

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 […]