Archive for: Taliban


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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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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Foreign policy in transition

A review of Arijit Mazumdar’s Indian Foreign Policy in Transition: Relations with South Asia Indian foreign policy was given renewed vigour by newly appointed...

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Impact Balochistan

The movement of IDPs and potential militants into Balochistan will prove to be disastrous for the province with serious implications for regional security. On June...

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China’s post-2014 Afghanistan strategy

China’s approach to violent non-state actors is unlikely to make India or the United States happy. As the United States draws down its combat troops from Afghanistan,...

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Pakistan: the deer in the jihadist headlights

As unhinged as Mr Nawaz Sharif’s antiterrorism policy is, his bigger problem seems to be a military still working through its good/bad Taliban paradigm.  The...

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Texas Wildfires

A dangerous narrative

For Baloch nationalists, the battle of narratives is as important as the struggle on the ground because classification of the Baloch struggle with the regressive...

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Afghanistan Observes 2007 International Peace Day

A deadly line

William Dalrymple’s triangulation error. Earlier this week, Brookings published a slickly produced essay on Afghanistan by British author William Dalrymple...

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