Afghanistan

Trains Against Terrorism: The New Silk Road C...

4535444Recent developments around the world concerning the seemingly unrelated topics of railways, heroin production, and international terrorism point toward emerging realities about the global economy. On April 4, 2016, the 48th anniversary of…

Afghanistan and the Global Road Map

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For the last several years, the Afghanistan authorities and interested parties (China, Pakistan, the USA) have been attempting to initiate dialogue with the Taliban in order to restore peace in the country. Despite repeated…

Retired Army Colonel: US Will Have a Presence...

0998Afghanistan is a geostrategic and economic prize that the West will not want to relinquish anytime soon. In an interview at the end of 2015, the former chief of staff to Colin Powell and retired US…

The New Take on the Afghan Conflict Settlemen...

3453453454In mid-January Islamabad and Kabul saw the talks between foreign affairs representatives of four states – the United States, China, Pakistan and Afghanistan (the so-called Quadrilateral Coordination Group) who were…

Will ISIL Regain its Financial Wealth?

Y453453453As most people have already learned recently, ISIL has been selling stolen oil to Turkey and the US to be able to finance its criminal activities. The US military chose to turn a blind eye to this illegal business, moreover, it took a step too far by…

ISIL in Afghanistan

45345444The increase in the level of terrorist activities of ISIL in Afghanistan has recently been the topic of various reports being published in the international media. Along with the massacre of the local population which seems to be a trademark of this Islamist group it has recently entered in…

AfPak – A New Regional Scenario

13940322The new leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor (formerly the Minister of Aviation in the government of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan), on Sept. 22, 2015, the eve of Moslem’s Eid al-Adha, a holy holiday of sacrificial offering, in his first…

Afghanistan: Now May be the Best Time to End ...

865444Although post-Omar Afghanistan has seen sudden escalation of the conflict, it may also possibly be the best time for the U.S. and other stakeholders to reach a negotiated solution to the war. There are many indicators that tend to signify the said…

The Price of War in Afghanistan

342356666American politicians are particularly fond of stressing achievements of the American military intervention in Afghanistan that lasted for nearly 13 years. A while ago the US President Barack Obama underlined with a nonchalant bravado that Washington has reached its main…

How Close can Afghanistan and Pakistan Get in...

343421111Addressing the geopolitics of the Afghan-Pakistan region in 2015, we should take into account several fundamentally new scenarios: Kabul’s turn in favor of Islamabad, the prevalence of geoeconomic plans over geopolitics and the search of…

Taliban Rebranded… This Time It’s All A...

05632480We all remember the slogans the US and UK used to justify their invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. Firstly, the Taliban had to be removed because they were harbouring Islamic terrorists, such as Osama bin Laden who was held responsible for…

China Gets Political in Afghanistan

QGVx32DG9118In the last week of October 2014, soon after his election as the new President Ashraf Ghani travelled to China to convince China of the need for playing a big role in re-constructing the war-torn country. The tour was highly symbolic of Afghanistan’s efforts to…


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