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An Indian pivot in Afghanistan after troop drawdown

By S K Chatterji
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.

The uncertainty principle and the India-Pakistan relationship

By Shruti Pandalai
May 10, 2013

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Exit Afghanistan?

By Jaswant Singh
November 15, 2012

The opinions expressed are his own

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.

The U.S. must move cautiously on Taliban reconciliation

By Lisa Curtis
April 27, 2012

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Afghanistan: Negotiating while withdrawing is poor strategy

By Lisa Curtis
March 14, 2012

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Gains seen for Taliban as post-ISAF era looms in Afghanistan

By S K Chatterji
January 25, 2012

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Rabbani assassination and Pakistani defiance crush prospects for Afghan peace

By Lisa Curtis
September 23, 2011

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Obama’s hasty Afghanistan withdrawal risks squandering gains

By Lisa Curtis
June 23, 2011

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After bin Laden: Do not retreat from Afghanistan

By Lisa Curtis
May 18, 2011

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