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Intra-Afghan dialogue helps end ongoing unrest


The government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has made great sacrifices within almost a decade to bring the Taliban to negotiating table on peace. Besides... More

Afghanistan warns neighbors


The government of Kabul urged regional and neighboring countries to consider the principles of government-to-government relations and warned against backing groups that continue to destabilize... More

Wolesi Jirga Likely to Reject Afghan MoF’s Draft Budget


Afghan Ministry of Finance (MoF) on Monday called on MPs to approve the 2017 draft budget by the deadline, which is in a week, but... More

US Pentagon chief reassures Afghans as Trump era dawns


Pentagon chief Ashton Carter sought to reaffirm US commitment to Afghanistan on Friday, as uncertainty lingers over President-elect Donald Trump´s strategy on America´s longest war... More

Russia-Taliban ties worry US


American officials in Afghanistan are increasingly worried about the deepening ties between Russia and Taliban, the force fighting to topple the government in Kabul. The... More

Youth addiction grows in Afghanistan


    Over a million young Afghan male and female youths are drug addicts. Those who are suffering from addiction in some way escalate violence within their... More

Peace in Afghanistan pragmatic for all


The “Heart of Asia” conference in Amritsar India ended on a highly ambitious note. The conference, however, did not dispense with the South Asian blame-game... More

US, UN relations strained over Afghan war reports


The US military in Afghanistan is increasingly trying to control public information about the war. This in turn resulting in strained relations with western organizations... More

Afghanistan’s fate hangs in Trump’s silence


With the US president-elect Donald Trump making hardly any reference in his election campaign to the US’ longest fought war, the question of the policy... More

Russia rejects Indian, Afghan criticism on Pakistan


AMRITSAR: Russia on Sunday lauded Pakistan's stance at the Heart of Asia conference and said the agenda of the conference has not been hijacked. Addressing the... More

Afghan conflict causes record internal displacements


One million people in Afghanistan were internally displaced and nearly half of them were ousted by conflict as of November 2016, reported WFP and UNOCHA. The... More

Ghani May Seek More Military Assistance from India


Afghanistan may seek additional military assistance from India in battling a relentless Taliban insurgency, a New Delhi-based newspaper reported on Wednesday. President Ashraf Ghani is expected... More

Taliban offer security to Afghan govt


  The Afghan Taliban offered to protect major government projects. The offer was made at a time when the forces of the Kabul government is fighting... More

Regional readjustments impact Afghanistan


All sorts of conflicting regional initiatives are being taken in Afghanistan in the name of establishing peace and stability. India’s Amritsar is set to host... More

Concern over Trump’s Afghan policy


There is a major risk of democracy - rightly noted the American political commentator Henry Olsen. Unpredictable popular leaders can mobilize the population through fiery... More

Russia-China-Pakistan talks on Afghanistan: New polarization


In international diplomacy, there are no perpetual friends or foes. Many developments in recent time, including the Philippines’ improved relations with China, gradual declining in... More

Taliban call on Trump to withdraw force


In a time when the U.S. president-elect Donald Trump is flooded with greetings from leaders around the world, Afghan Taliban call on him to withdraw... More

Govt.-parliament conflict intensifies crisis in volatile Afghanistan


Frequent Taliban attacks as well as intense feuds between the government and parliament are intensifying crises in already volatile Afghanistan. The parliament is asking ministers... More

Heightened Taliban attacks and Afghan peace talks


A day after the attack on German consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif in Afghanistan, the Taliban, on Saturday stormed into the Bagram airbase, which is considered as ... More

Political leaders push Taliban for talks


  A number of Afghan political leaders have moved to broker peace talks between government and the Taliban following secret talks between the two parties in... More

Afghan MPs call for review of security pact with...


  Blaming the government’s failures in ensuring security, several Wolesi Jirga , on November 7, calling for a review of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with... More

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Myanmar’s fragile peace process set to unravel

Myanmar’s peace process is slowly unraveling as the discussions between the government and the ethnic groups involved remains marred by confusion, indecision and division. Days away from the next round of the 21st Century Panglong or national peace conference, there is still no clear idea of who... More

Why kicking itself out of OBOR was...

While India stopped short of attending the last week held summit of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in China, otherwise known as ‘One Belt One Road’ vision, the decision should not be confused with, despite India’s allusions to the violation of its territory and sovereignty, the possibility... More

Can India afford to ignore OBOR

India's decision to not join the One Belt One Road (OBOR) or Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Summit in Beijing (May 14-16) is not just about the sovereignty issues, as has been made out by Delhi. It is not just about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor entering through... More

International-ising Jadhav

This was a good week for Pakistan. First Modi made the faux pas of the decade by boycotting the China Summit on the “One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiatives, then India gave us an enormous platform for internationalizing human rights by going to the ICJ over the... More

Asia is central to China’s strategic vision

China’s international summit to help promote its strategic vision – ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR), now dubbed the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – has just concluded in Beijing. Twenty-nine heads of state and representatives from 130 countries attended the two-day forum on 14-15 May. Most of... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Resolving the National Question: Where is the key?

"We all know the old joke about a guy looking for his lost key under the street light; when asked where he lost it, he admits that it was in a dark corner. So... More

China tightens grips on ASEAN

China has deepened its influence on ASEAN nations, and the just-concluded ASEAN Summit with its chairman’s watered-down statement stands testimony to this. This China factor — coming on the back of Beijing’s huge investments as... More

China’s new world order

China recently hosted 29 heads of state and government at the Belt and Road Forum, reinforcing the country’s claim to leadership of an emerging geopolitical and economic world order. The summit conference that... More

Why Kashmir remains disturbed

Whether stone pelting on Indian Armed Forces in Kashmir is being done at the behest of Pakistan or as a response to fundamentalists' call, the fact remains that the valley is disturbed. Scores of... More

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Reaction to “Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade”

David Bergman, British investigative journalist based in Bangladesh, commented on a recently published column of South Asian Monitor titled "SOUTHERN EYE: Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade" in his facebook profile. "This is a fascinating and detailed article... More

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