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Afghanistan ceasefire push in focus in US, Taleban talks


Talks between US and Taleban officials aimed at arranging peace negotiations in Afghanistan were set for a second day on Tuesday (Dec 18) after discussions around the future of foreign forces and a possible six-month ceasefire, Taleban... More

Afghanistan may soon formally join China’s Belt & Road Initiative


Amid efforts to end the region’s relentless conflict, economic and political ties between China and Afghanistan are taking new shape with an aim to improve regional cooperation, apparently overtaking America’s war-based policy. Daniel Hyatt, a Pakistan-based freelance journalist,... More

Afghanistan, China and Pakistan come together to break a stalemate


Historians agree that violence has never brought prosperity to any region. Certainly, the foreign ministers of Afghanistan, Pakistan and China concur with that belief. As they gathered in Kabul on December 15, they renewed the call on... More

TALKS CONTINUE IN UAE ON AFGHAN PEACE


The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, led the US team in the talks that included envoys from Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan as well as the host country, Taliban and Pakistani officials said as quoted... More

Afghan political parties to consider interim govt if election reforms not made


The political committee of political parties on Monday warned that if in the presidential election, serious reforms are not brought about in the technical and monitoring sections, and fundamental changes are not made in the leadership of... More

Afghan Taliban representatives, US officials meet in UAE


Afghan-Taliban representatives met with US officials Monday amid moves to press for a negotiated end to Afghanistan's 17-year war. The Pakistan-organized talks were held in the United Arab Emirates. Officials who participated were not immediately available to discuss... More

KABUL EXPECTS PAKISTAN’S PRACTICAL STEP ON PEACE: MOFA


In reaction to a statement by Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on facilitating talks between US and Taliban officials, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Sunday said the meeting would mark Islamabad’s first practical step towards... More

Afghan border fence to be ready by Dec 2019: ISPR


The Pakistan Army announced on Saturday that work on fencing along the border with Afghanis­tan was going apace and that the project would complete by next December. Pakistan and Afghanistan share a long porous border and Islamabad believes... More

Kabul trilateral meeting agrees on joint anti-terror efforts


Foreign ministers of Afghanistan, Pakistan and China met in Kabul on Saturday to continue their efforts on “building political mutual trust and support reconciliation, development cooperation and connectivity, security cooperation and counter-terrorism”. A joint statement released after the... More

Afghan contentions derail peace prospects


Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation at the US Department of State Zalmay Khalilzad began his third foray to pursue peace in a country that has experienced civil conflict and external assaults for 40 years. Khalilzad, himself of Afghan... More

Kabul to host trilateral meeting on peace


Government sources said a trilateral meeting on Afghan peace will be held in Kabul on Saturday. Sources from the Afghan government say that a trilateral meeting between Afghanistan, Pakistan and China officials will be held in Kabul on... More

HIGH ADVISORY BOARD FOR PEACE MET WITH MIXED REACTION


The political parties have stepped up their separate efforts to negotiate with the Taliban, said the committee of the political parties. Meanwhile, officials from the High Peace Council (HPC) have criticized what they call defects in the structure... More

Afghanistan opens new trade route with aim of building link to Europe


Afghanistan on Thursday opened a new international trade route aimed at establishing direct access to Central Asian and Europe as it seeks to build up an economy wrecked by decades of war and reduce reliance on Pakistan. President... More

Australia delivers over 15,000 SILVERSHIELD systems to Afghan forces


The Australian defense officials have said more than 15,000 SILVERSHIELD systems have been delivered to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces SILVERSHIELD is the latest evolution in vehicle-mounted systems being developed under the REDWING program, which provides... More

Pakistan-Afghanistan-US: A historic triangle


The Trump administration’s decision to request Pakistan to help in Afghanistan peace process is one of the most significant and pragmatic shifts in US Policy on Afghanistan since 2001. The Pakistani establishment categorically has told the USA... More

Afghan political party stresses national consensus for peace


Amid an escalation in peace efforts by the Afghan government and the international community, Mehwar-e Mardom-e Afghanistan, “Axis of Afghanistan’s People”, on Wednesday issued a statement in which it said that there must be a national consensus... More

No clear end in sight for war in Afghanistan


As the deployment in Afghanistan enters its seventeenth year it has become the longest running war in US history. It is therefore worth reminding ourselves why the US is there. The mission has four principal aims. Firstly, to... More

The Afghan government should not be sidelined in peace talks


At last month's Geneva Ministerial Conference on Afghanistan, it was clear that the presidential elections were less than five months away. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani put a lot of effort into making sure he appeared to be... More

Afghan govt ‘largely lawless, weak and dysfunctional’: SIGAR 


Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) issued its latest quarterly report to the US Congress on Tuesday and stated that the US Department of Justice (DoJ) views the situation in Afghanistan as “consistent with a largely... More

India getting edged out in Kabul: Experts


India faces a tough challenge in Afghanistan as the Taliban, backed by Russia and China, gets mainstreamed. It could soon get control over some parts of the strife-torn country. Discussing what is, in strategic circles, termed the “new... More

Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Pakistan to create financial consortium for new railway


A meeting of the railway administrations' heads of Uzbekistan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan and Pakistan was held in Tashkent More

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With Afghan elections in April, Ghani regime caught in a bind...

Notwithstanding the importance of the on-going talks between the Afghan Taliban and the US and the participation of the former in the recently-held Moscow summit on Afghanistan, there is a stark absence of the Afghan government in these parleys. While part of the reason for this absence is the Taliban’s own refusal to engage in direct talks with Kabul, even the US, Afghanistan’s main ally, didn’t consider including representatives... More

December 30 and the cycle of violence  

Election related violence is already at its peak and more is expected. This was not quite unexpected. Arrests, court cases and attacks on motorcades and public rallies continue unabated. With just three weeks to go for elections to Bangladesh’s parliament, there is anxiety in the air: it could be one of the deadliest elections in a long time. The incidents of violence are well spread out and, going by media... More

Modi now looks vulnerable 

The BJP has tried to make all elections in India go the presidential way – Narendra Modi versus the rest. The results of elections in five states, which became clear by December 11 evening, may not change that but the Modi magic suddenly appears to be fading. It is not just the election results in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, where Modi campaigned extensively before the polls. The stunning resignation... More

Beijing increases pressure on Myanmar to open up economically amid Western...

China is increasing its pressure on the Myanmar government in an effort to consolidate its strategic position in Beijing’s march westward. China is also trying to capitalise on Myanmar’s increasing disaffection with the West, and the opportunity offered by the latter’s own cautious realignment and recently developed strategic vision, with the newly launched ‘Look East’ policy. A number of high-power senior Chinese government officials have visited the capital Naypyitaw, all... More

Trump’s melodrama vis-à-vis Pakistan meets ground realities

The Trump administration's renewed push to seek Pakistan's help in bringing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table comes as a striking contrast to what the US president had only very recently said in one of his interviews about Pakistan not doing anything in Afghanistan to help the US win the war, or even get out of it. Coming from a president who is famous for his unpredictable habit of... More

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OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More

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