Afghan gov’t strives to form ‘effective’ national team for peace

The Presidential Palace has confirmed that the Afghan government has expedited its efforts to form a national, inclusive, and unified negotiating team as the United States and the Taliban delegations are preparing to hold the next round... More

India’s Afghan dilemma is tougher than ever

India has never been able to make up its mind about Afghanistan, and now the stakes are higher, and more pressing, than ever. Should it engage, officially or unofficially, with Pakistan-backed groups such as the Afghan Taliban—or... More

Afghan president and US special envoy discuss peace process

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad met on Sunday and discussed a range of issues around the peace process, the Presidential Palace said in a statement on Monday. According to the... More

Prerequisites of peace

The Afghan Taliban have emerged from the shadows to claim the right to again govern Afghanistan. Although the process may be tortuous, they are likely to succeed. Apart from President Ashraf Ghani and his coterie, and some... More

US-Taliban talks in Islamabad ‘postponed’

The talks between US negotiators and Taliban members in Islamabad which was supposed to be held on Monday, February 18, has been postponed, Taliban acknowledged in a statement on Sunday. The statement said that Taliban was prepared for... More

In Afghan peace talks, an upper hand for the Taliban?

The preliminary agreement between the United States and the Taliban announced by Zalmay Khalilzad, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan, may have raised hope among some, but has failed to impress most Afghans. It’s no secret that Khalilzad... More

US seeks to make Afghanistan dependent on its weapons: Russia’s Security Council...

Instead of fulfilling the UN mandate in Afghanistan, the United States has been trying to gain foothold in the country and increase Kabul’s dependence from Washington, Russia’s Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev told the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily. "We... More

US may trim over 1,000 troops from Afghanistan in belt-tightening – general

Even before any peace push-related drawdowns, the US military is expected to trim troop levels in Afghanistan as part of an efficiency drive by the new commander, a US general told Reuters on Friday, estimating the cuts... More

Taliban announce surprise talks with US in Pakistani capital

The Taliban has said it will meet envoys from the United States for talks next week in Pakistan, even as another round of negotiations is scheduled in Qatar by the end of this month. The unexpected move on... More

Soviet Army driven from Afghanistan 30 years ago, Putin’s Russia repackaging it...

The Red Army veterans took to the stage and belted out songs from the battlefield: clashes with the enemy and a wartime thirst for Russian vodka. A crowd of Afghan war elites finger-tapped along to the familiar... More

Russian, US envoys for Afghanistan to meet on February 22

Russian Special Presidential Envoy for Afghanistan and Head of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Second Asia Department Zamir Kabulov will hold a meeting with US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad in the Turkish capital of Ankara... More

US: Ending war not hypocrisy

Peace, they say, is basically a period after the war for the preparation of next war. Let us not imagine the next American wars. For now, a war-weary America is ready to come home. The Taliban and... More

Great game-II: India-Pakistan-China gas pipeline powered by Russia cannot be discounted

Russia has truly entered the "great game" in Afghanistan. First, the Putin regime a few days ago hosted the Taliban and former Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Moscow, just a few days after the US concluded its... More

Russia says US exit from Afghanistan won’t create power vacuum

A US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan won’t create a power vacuum and the Taliban can be a potential ally in the fight against Islamic State in the country, a top Russian official said. If the US fails to... More

US envoy leading tour for ‘intra-Afghan’ talks

A senior US diplomat is set to lead a large delegation on a six-nation tour, including Afghanistan, to help invigorate that country’s peace process and bring “all Afghan parties together in an intra-Afghan dialogue,” the State Department... More

Zalmay Khalilzad lauds Pakistan’s efforts in Afghan peace process

Afghan-born US diplomate and special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, while talking at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), has lauded the role which Pakistan has played in the ongoing dialogue process between the United States and the... More

‘Like it or not, we have lost’: Retired US general concedes Afghan...

Absorbing the fact that the US has lost militarily in Afghanistan will be a "bitter pill" for the soldiers he fought with, Bolduc told Yahoo News Friday. "They did what they were asked, they did the right thing,... More

Delegates say Moscow talks were a success

Delegates who attended the Moscow peace talks said the meeting was satisfying and successful and they hope that the continuation of such initiatives will lead to lasting peace. The delegates told reporters that they had fruitful talks and... More

No date yet for US troops drawdown, says Afghan Taliban

A Taliban official said on Wednesday that no timetable had been agreed with the US government for the partial withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan, and that negotiations were still underway. Earlier, Russia’s RIA news agency had quoted... More

America has lost the Afghan war

The Remnants of an Army, a famous oil on canvas by the 19th century artist Elizabeth Butler, is a lasting image of the First Anglo-Afghan War (1839-1842). It depicts William Brydon, a medical officer in the British... More

Why America lost in Afghanistan

The Trump administration is now using Henry Kissinger’s “decent interval” process of abandonment to end the U.S. war in Afghanistan. The strategy is simple: negotiate a peace agreement exposing an ally to certain defeat in the long... More


Saudi Arabia seeking to be active in South Asia by deepening...

While many political pundits in Pakistan are trying to tie the up-coming billion-dollar Saudi investment in Pakistan with Riyadh’s need to have Islamabad as an ally in its wars in Yemen and Syria, there has been little appreciation of the former’s own growing needs for diversifying its economy. It is also not recognised that Pakistan, with China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) running through it in the form of... More

Hybrid warfare: Strategic coercion against Pakistan

While a globalised world was a cherished goal to bring people together, globalisation is increasingly used by one or the other country or group of countries to dominate the rest of the world by a violent process. Looking around we see wars in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen where the powers that be are trying to bend the power game towards themselves. Conventional wars are now more often not... More

Bangladesh’s Hercules syndrome and rule of vigilante law

A rapist was killed and his body was left with a note that said the death meted out to him was punishment for his crime. It was signed Hercules. A couple of other reports have appeared with such declarations and they have aroused considerable interest in media, particularly social media, the motherland of speculations. Who could be the possible vigilante killer? Long history Extra-judicial killings are nothing new and last... More

India key to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, says former Portuguese...

“This has less to do with geography than with history,” Macaes writes in his insightful book Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order. “As two rising giants, China and India will play a disproportionate role in shaping the new world political and economic order, but like every claim on the future, their role remain ambiguous. In China's case, the question is whether it will eventually measure up to the task... More

BJP has communalised process of awarding Indian citizenship?

Political realities have temporarily halted the BJP’s brazen attempt to communalise Indian citizenship requirements to the advantage of the majority Hindus and to the detriment of the minority Muslims. Evidently, there is also a bias in favour of the north Indian majority and against the Tamil minority in the matter of giving citizenship. But this has not been brought to light in a major and sustained way yet, because the... More



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