How China and India Can Help Secure the Peace in Afghanistan
By M. Ashraf Haidari
Afghans consider both China and India to be trustworthy neighbors. Together, they can help ensure Afghanistan’s future.
I was recently invited to a track 1.5 China-Afghanistan-Pakistan symposium on “Tackling Terrorist Threats, Jointly Safeguarding Regional Security” in Beijing. The rare trilateral symposium was welcomed by the three side
Time to hit the political reset button in Afghanistan
After a temporary truce between the Afghan government and the insurgents during the three days of Eid-al Fitr, the brief euphoria is over, and the public anxiety has remained unchanged because more questions have arisen than any meaningful answers being addressed about the peaceful resolution of the conflict. However, the recent decision by US PresidenRead more
Taliban: We’re ‘another name of the Afghan nation’
By Bill Roggio
In a recent statement that addressed comments by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the Taliban reiterated that it considers itself the sole representative of the Afghan people. This is at odds with the opinion of some analysts who advise the US government on policy with respect to a negotiated settlement with the Taliban.
The Taliban statement, which is dated June 23 and publishedRead more
Why Making Taliban a ‘New Normal’ Is Dangerous
By Dr. Omar Sadr
A chronic conflict such as Afghanistan requires four mutually reinforcing pillars: A legitimate/inclusive political process in Kabul; a cooperative/coerced Pakistan; sound military power and supporting regional environment. In the absence of such a multi-pronged strategy, ad hoc talks with the Taliban would only compound the crisis.
Water Diplomacy between Iran and Afghanistan
By Abdul Farid Zikria
For nearly 45 years, Iran has been violating the Helmand Water Treaty and getting up to four times more water from the river than it is allowed. It's time to stop.
Earlier this month, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, in a speech in the Iranian Parliament, warned of reciprocity against Afghanistan overRead more