Archive for: Afghanistan

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Can China stabilise AfPak?

To be successful, the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) needs a stable Afghanistan and normalisation of India-Pakistan links to achieve its potential.  The...

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Pakistan’s tenuous relationship with violent non-state actors in Afghanistan

Understanding this dynamic is critical to a path to peace in Afghanistan. Following the news confirming Mullah Omar’s death, analysts have evaluated that internal...

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The losing war against ungoverned spaces

We are now living in an era where ungoverned spaces, long the accomplice in jihadist activity, are playing a starring role. One of the biggest counterterrorism concerns...

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When Iran enters the global mainstream

An Iranian entry into the international mainstream is an opportunity of altogether different proportions. There is now a good chance that Iran will conclude a nuclear...

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The last stumbling block

A breakthrough in the Iran-P5+1 nuclear deal negotiations is the last step in clearing the path for India and Iran to help Afghanistan in its quest for strategic...

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Tea leaves for tanks

A review of Tea Leaves for Tanks: Study of Trade Links, Peace and Perceptions in Pakistan, India, Afghanistan and Iran. Over the past year, India’s strategic...

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Pakistan’s depiction in Homeland: sign of a deeper malaise

The caricatured depiction of Islamabad in the TV series is a pointer to the social, political and economic damages borne by the average Pakistani. Islamabad, a...

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Cautious optimism for U.S.-India relations

 It pays to be optimistic about U.S.-India relations, but also realistic. One year ago, the Devyani Khobragade affair plunged the U.S.-India relationship into deep...

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Diplomatic Warfare?

Warrior Diplomat takes the reader from corridors of power in the White House and the Pentagon to mud brick qalats and bullet-scarred abandoned schoolhouses in...

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The gathering storm

The primary threat to India emanates not from ISIS, but from Pakistan in the form of jihadi groups aided and abetted by that country’s military-security establishment. The...

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