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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 in the face of a resilient Taliban insurgency. Carter met... 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 nexus could complicate an already precarious security situation in... 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 families and affects women and children, said a report... 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 and the countries carried on the inevitable mud-slinging over... 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 as they offering different versions of events to official... 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 that he would follow has acquired some significance. Its... 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 Heart of Asia Conference in Amritsar on Sunday, Russian... 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 reports say, for the first time, all 34 provinces... 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 to present Prime Minister Narendra Modi a wish list... 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 against Taliban to regain control of many areas in... 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 the sixth Heart of Asia (HoA) ministerial conference on... 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 rhetoric. However, once in power, the challenge for these... 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 relations between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, message of the... 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 American troops from their country. "Our message is that the... 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 to make statements about performance and success of the... 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  most secured US military base in the country. In... 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 Qatar recently. Sayed Ishaq Gailani, a former MP and leader... More

Afghan MPs call for review of security pact with US


  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 the United States. Speaker Abdur Rauf Ibrahimi expressed concern over... More

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On India’s attempts to woo Russia-EEU into economic union

While the US has been cultivating India as its major ally in the region in what the US officials have tacitly called ‘containment’ of China, prospects of this cultivation have become brighter ever since the recent out-break of trade-war between the US and China. While Indian and US interests strongly... More

Comey’s book and Pakistan’s leaders

James Brien Comey Jr served as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for four years till fired by President Donald Trump on May 9, 2017. Trump initially claimed this was because of Comey's mishandling of the investigation into the private email of Hillary Clinton. The overriding perception... More

UN says Nasheed’s trial was flawed, but Maldivian govt maintains it...

The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC), which went into the trial of former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed had listed the flaws in it and asked the Maldivian government to release him to enable him to contest the September 2018 Presidential election. But the government on Sunday rejected the UNHRC’s observations and recommendations... More

Bangladesh election 2018: is there a Sino-Indian stake?

It’s pretty odd to think that Bangladesh elections should be of any interest to China and India given the complete lack of its strategic value. However, Bangladesh maybe becoming a reluctant pawn of sorts in a regional ‘great game’. China’s rising influence in the region and India’s relative decline in what... More

Tripura’s new pitch for Geo-Economics

Biplab Deb is a BJP chief minister with a difference. In a 40-minute interview with this writer last week, he did not mention even once any of the usual saffron agenda -- Ram Mandir, beef, illegal migration from Bangladesh. "My agenda is development, development, development all the way," he... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Iran to team up with China on nuke development if Trump...

As US President Donald Trump decides whether to reauthorize the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which he has long wanted to exit or renegotiate, Iranian authorities have announced they will be getting help with their nuclear program from China. "Some negotiations have been held on mutual cooperation and building small nuclear... More

Pinarayi and Gadkari link up on development

The American think tank, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, had featured a riveting ‘curtain-raiser’ to the 2014 poll in India entitled Does Good Economics Mean Good Politics In India? The essay appeared in December 2013 and I’d carefully stored it in my archives, as a fairly prescient analysis of... More

Mutual respect is the key

I will not reach any deal that would go against the national interest of Nepal,” K P Sharma Oli, the prime minister of Nepal, reportedly assured parliamentarians in Kathmandu earlier this week, before heading out to India. That such questions should be asked and answered is a definitive sign... More

Reviving Nepal’s independent foreign policy

The long political transition in Nepal has come to an end with the successful completion of local, provincial and federal elections. A new phase of history beckons Nepal as it has adopted federalism under the new constitution promulgated in 2015. The achievement of economic prosperity has now been prioritized... More

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Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If a Gorkhaland state is... More