Expert Zone

India and China key partners in keeping Afghanistan stable

February 15, 2016

A U.S. soldier from the 3rd Cavalry Regiment shields himself from the rotor wash of a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter after being dropped off for a mission with the Afghan police near Jalalabad in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan December 20, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files

Afghanistan a building block for China-India ties

July 30, 2014

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The appointment of a former ambassador to Kabul and New Delhi by China to the role of Special Envoy for Afghanistan highlights China’s thinking of what it can do in Afghanistan.

The crisis in Iraq and an Afghanistan prognosis

June 30, 2014

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The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has rampaged through western Iraq. A few thousand kilometres away in Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) is withdrawing, with Americans contemplating less than 10,000 troops on ground.

An Indian pivot in Afghanistan after troop drawdown

July 1, 2013

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Notwithstanding Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s disinclination to participate in talks, the Taliban retain the ability to calibrate violence levels in large parts of the country. But even if an understanding is reached with the Taliban, it does not hold the promise of lasting peace. Breakaway factions will find support and funding to continue bloodletting.

Exit Afghanistan?

November 15, 2012

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In his victory speech to a rapturous crowd in Chicago following his re-election, President Barack Obama affirmed that America’s “decade-long conflict” in Afghanistan will now end. The line was greeted with prolonged applause — and understandably so. In fact, this ill-advised war — launched on the basis of a United Nations Security Council resolution — has been grinding on for 11 years, making it the longest in American history.

Pakistan apology deal incidental to real problem of its support for terrorists

July 4, 2012

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Osama bin Laden’s ideology thriving a year after his death

May 1, 2012

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The U.S. must move cautiously on Taliban reconciliation

April 27, 2012

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U.S.-Afghan agreement: Issues to be addressed

April 26, 2012

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U.S.-Pakistan reset: Still need to deal with terrorist sanctuaries

March 22, 2012

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