Pakistan, China want Afghanistan to join CPEC, Belt & Road Initiative

Pakistan and China on Monday urged Afghanistan to join the Belt & Road Initiative as well as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Addressing the opening session of the 4th Trilateral Dialogue between China, Pakistan and Afghanistan, the Chinese... More

US considers asking Afghanistan to suspend presidential election

The Trump administration is discussing whether to press the Afghan government to suspend coming presidential elections, according to people briefed on the discussions, as the US seeks to engage the Taliban in talks to end the 17-year... More

Russia plays Afghanistan broker due to US ‘failure’, says envoy

A senior Russian diplomat said Monday that Moscow is trying to be an Afghan peace broker because it considers the US has failed in Afghanistan. Russia’s presidential envoy for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, said a Moscow conference on Afghanistan... More

Water war between Pakistan and Afghanistan?

Overshadowed by the precarious state of the security situation in both the countries, culminated over years of distrust and divergent objectives, the water crisis is the next major hurdle which both Pakistan and Afghanistan need to cross... More

Russia’s Afghan shift worries Delhi

The just-ended Moscow peace conference on Friday on Afghanistan is seen to have led to a further convergence in the positions of host Russia and Pakistan, which will be much to India’s discomfiture. India had participated in... More

Taliban will only talk to Kabul if timeline exists for US troops’...

The Taliban movement stated it was ready to talk with Afghanistan's government only after agreeing with the United States on a schedule for the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country, Russian Presidential Envoy for Afghanistan Zamir... More

Khalilzad meets with Ghani on first leg of regional visit

President Ashraf Ghani met with US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad on Saturday night, the presidential palace said in a statement on Sunday. According to the statement, Ghani was briefed on the envoy’s schedule over... More

Afghan-Taliban Talks: Diplomatic victory for Russia, but still no sign of convergence

With Afghan officials and the Taliban on the same platform, the Moscow meeting marked the success of Russia’s diplomatic efforts to be an effective player in Afghanistan’s peace process. However, there is still no clear converging path... More

Afghanistan’s anti-corruption center is corrupt: SIGAR

Afghanistan's Anti-Corruption Justice Center is supposed to be helping the war-torn country's police, prosecutors and courts better combat corruption and creating a culture of accountability. Instead, Afghan Attorney General Mohammad Farid Hamidi has been called dishonest, corrupt... More

US War On Terror Kills Nearly 147,000 In Afghanistan

The report says that the number of indirect deaths was several times larger than deaths caused by direct war violence. The US-led war on terrorism has killed about 507,000 people in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan post 9/11 attacks... More

Peace talks in Moscow ‘not about holding negotiations’, say Taliban

Moscow on Friday hosted international talks on Afghanistan aimed at kickstarting direct negotiations between Kabul and the Taliban militant group, both of whom sent delegations. Russia hopes “through joint efforts to open a new page in the history... More

US’s ‘War on Terror’ Killed 5 Lakh People in Iraq, Afghanistan and...

A study by Brown University’s Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs has found that between 480,000 and 507,000 people have been killed in the US’s post-9/11 wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. This tally of direct... More

US opposes China role in Afghanistan solution

The United States opposed China’s role in solution of Afghanistan issue and asked Pakistan not to rely too much on the regional power, officials said. Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that the US had... More

In a first, India to send two former diplomats to talks that...

In a significant departure from India’s stand on engaging the Taliban, the government announced it would participate at a “non-official” level, sending two former senior diplomats to attend talks on the Afghanistan peace process to be held... More

Taliban says to seek end of US presence in Afghanistan at Moscow...

The Taliban group has announced to send a delegation to the Moscow Peace Conference, at which it will discuss an end to the US presence in Afghanistan, a statement from the outfit said Wednesday. In the statement posted... More

Russia flaunts Taliban talks snubbed by Afghan government

Seventeen years after launching its war to oust Taliban insurgents in Аfghanistan, the United States is discovering that an old adversary has wedged itself into the conflict: Russia. The foreign ministry in Moscow has announced it plans to... More

The US cannot force stability on Afghanistan

Afghan officials have begun counting ballots from the country’s parliamentary elections, even as a suicide bomber targeted the election headquarters in Kabul early Monday morning. Voters in the Kandahar province of Afghanistan went to the polls this... More

Taliban seize post in defensive belt around embattled Afghan city

Taliban militants captured an important security post outside the central Afghan city of Ghazni on Monday, killing 13 members of government forces and underscoring their vulnerability even in areas where defences have been bolstered. The post was part... More

Taliban in a fix over Moscow meeting on Afghan peace

Afghan Taliban are apparently in a fix over attending the upcoming meeting of the representatives of regional countries in Russia on peace in Afghanistan on November 9. The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday that the representatives of... More

Afghan High Peace Council to attend Moscow summit, says MoFA

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Sunday said that discussions are still ongoing between Afghanistan and Russia about the nature and details of a possible peace meeting on Afghanistan in Moscow. “We are in consultations about the... More

Resuming peace talks

Afghanistan’s anarchical situation has frustrated both internal and external stakeholders. The recent parliamentary elections presented the continuity of the democratic process in Afghanistan. But the surge in violence and turnout in the parliamentary elections have pessimistic fallout.... More


Suu Kyi seeks Asean support on Rohingya return but also faces...

Aung San Suu Kyi is attending the Asean meetings in Singapore this week, seeking support from her Asian allies in dealing with the country’s Rakhine crisis. She especially wants the members of the regional bloc to back her government’s efforts to resettle the returning Muslim refugees—who have fled the violence in Myanmar’s strife-torn western region—and to be involved in future reconciliation efforts. So, a Nargis-style approach, led by Asean but... More

Afghanistan: The big story of massive aid waste

There are ghost soldiers; ghost police officers; ghost clinics and even ghost patients in Afghanistan. There are billions of dollars spent on papers, but there is very little on the ground. As such, despite spending billions on controlling narcotics to improving health conditions and the state of security, Afghanistan remains a country with too many ill-conceived programs and too little progress made on every front. The story of the massive... More

Parties over people

With elections to Bangladesh’s JatiyaSangsad (National Assembly) now declared to be held on December 23, the political scene in the country will enter a new phase. The announcement was sudden but not really unexpected given the way politics developed over the past few weeks. The Awami League is not in a mood to listen to the others. Her main opponent, the JatiyaOikkyo Front, led by Dr Kamal Hossain and... More

Ensuring challenges provide opportunities

The situation in our country in the wake of global and internal changes affecting Pakistan has evoked multiple challenges. Not to get bogged down by their sheer number it seems important to analyse each and every challenge that the country is facing. These need not only a reaction from the state to tackle them but as an opportunity for developing new vistas of understanding for responding to the problems... More

After CBI, now RBI 

The opposition in India has blamed the Narendra Modi government for "ruining national institutions". Last week, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seemed to fall apart over severe differences between its chief Alok Verma and his number two Rakesh Asthana, a Gujarat cadre IPS officer known to be close to Modi. The government's intervention to send both officers on leave was challenged in the Supreme Court by Verma, amid television... 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