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US & NATO Fatigue Yields the Urge to Broker Peace Deal between Afghan Government & Taliban (Part 1)

US & NATO Fatigue Yields the Urge to Broker Peace Deal  between Afghan Government & Taliban (Part 1)

November 25, 2018 | Mohammed Gul Sahibbzada

Recent developments in various fronts including sturdy paces of ongoing peace process, hectic diplomatic activities on the part of United States through their ...

The Khashoggi Crisis: (Re)Shaping US Politics As Well As Relations with Saudi Arabia

 The Khashoggi Crisis: (Re)Shaping US Politics  As Well As Relations with Saudi Arabia

November 24, 2018 | James M. Dorsey

The killers of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi may have gotten more than they bargained for.
The killing has sparked multiple ...

CPEC emerging as a connectivity plug

CPEC emerging as a connectivity plug

November 24, 2018 | Muhamamd Zamir Assadi

The announcement by China and Pakistan for inclusion of Afghanistan into China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) the flagship project of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has ...

Afghan Would Restart a Warmer Friendship with US if They Really End the War

Afghan Would Restart a Warmer Friendship  with US if They Really End the War

November 22, 2018 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari

After 17 years war and destruction, the warring sides seems willing to start meaningful negotiations. Following the Qatar peace talks, Officials from the Afghan High ...

The Inconvenient Truth About Saudi Arabia

The Inconvenient Truth About Saudi Arabia

November 22, 2018 | Richard N. Haass

The 2006 documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” highlights former US Vice President Al Gore’s efforts to alert his fellow Americans to the perils ...

Afghan Soldiers Victim of Absence of Battle Field War Strategy in the Face of Ongoing Relentless Attrition

Afghan Soldiers Victim of Absence of Battle Field War Strategy  in the Face of Ongoing Relentless Attrition

November 21, 2018 | Mohammed Gul Sahibbzada

Casualties of Afghan soldiers in battle fields continue to rise as Taliban insurgents persistently attack government installations and military outposts in country ...

The Privatization of War in Afghanistan

The Privatization of War in Afghanistan

November 21, 2018 | Abdul Qahar Bakhshi

Private military industries in the US are behind the proposal of privatization of the war in Afghanistan. Erik D. Prince, the founder of the Blackwater Worldwide ...

The Consequences of Taliban Attacks on Hazara Region

The Consequences of Taliban Attacks  on Hazara Region

November 19, 2018 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari

Following the coordinated attacks of Taliban on Hazara regions, especially Jaghori inflicted severe damages on the lives of already deprived people...

How Can Countries Reduce Poverty Faster?

How Can Countries Reduce Poverty Faster?

November 19, 2018 | M Niaz Asadullah and Antonio Savoia

Can the world end poverty by 2030, the target set by the United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development? The UN General Assembly recently reaffirmed this ...

The Rocky Road of Peace Talks

The Rocky Road of Peace Talks

November 18, 2018 | Hujjatullah Zia

Despite the fact that the Taliban have come to negotiating table with the US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad to talk end of 17 years of conflict in Afghanistan, insurgency ...

Europe’s New Political Battle Lines

Europe’s New Political Battle Lines

November 18, 2018 | Zaki Laïdi

French President Emmanuel Macron has framed the European Parliament election in May 2019 as a battle not between the traditional right and left, but between populists ...

IEC Failure to Announce Timely Election Results Cast Doubt on Validity of Vote Counting Process

 IEC Failure to Announce Timely Election Results Cast Doubt  on Validity of Vote Counting Process

November 17, 2018 | Mohammed Gul Sahibbzada

Afghan Parliamentary elections held on 20th October 2018 had been touted to be one of the most efficient and organized elections in country’s history, but ...

Disaster Capitalism Comes to Puerto Rico

Disaster Capitalism Comes to Puerto Rico

November 17, 2018 | Martin Guzman and Joseph E. Stiglitz

It has been more than a year since Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, compounding the agony of a commonwealth that was already caught in an economic downward spiral. In addition ...

Strange Bedfellows: Ideology Trumps Defense of Ethnic, Religious and Minority Rights

Strange Bedfellows: Ideology Trumps Defense of Ethnic,  Religious and Minority Rights

November 15, 2018 | James M. Dorsey

A global rise of nationalist and populist tendencies has not only given anti-migrant, Islamophobic, anti-Semitic and racist tendencies a new lease on life, but opened the ...

Russia’s Growing Clout in Asia Pacific Region

Russia’s Growing Clout in Asia Pacific Region

November 14, 2018 | Yead Mirza

In their strategic calculus, the Asia Pacific major powers as well as other countries do not consider Russia a major military power for the region. Although these Asia ...

Gender and The Arab City

Gender and The Arab City

November 14, 2018 | Lina Abirafeh

One of the top priorities for the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda is to make cities “inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable...

Afghan Government Should Protect Relative Calm Zones In The Country

Afghan Government Should Protect Relative Calm Zones In The Country

November 12, 2018 | Mohammed Gul Sahibbzada

The recent attacks by Taliban on Jaghori and Malistan districts in Ghazni province and the attacks on Hazara population in Urogan province are cases in point to prove ...

Simple Dose of Solution to Rescue a Nation

Simple Dose of Solution to Rescue a Nation

November 12, 2018 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari

No one doubts that fundamental reform in Afghanistan is not possible unless strategic investment on education. This means education is the first determining factor to propel ...

Fears of Ethnic Violence as Afghan Taliban Target Hazara districts

Fears of Ethnic Violence as Afghan Taliban Target Hazara districts

November 12, 2018 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari

Following the recent deadly attacks in Urozgan, the Taliban launched coordinated attacks from several directions on Jaghori districts leaving nearly 30 dead and 21 wounded ...

The Khashoggi crisis: Saudi Arabia Braces for Tougher Post-Election US Attitude

The Khashoggi crisis: Saudi Arabia Braces  for Tougher Post-Election US Attitude

November 12, 2018 | James M. Dorsey

Saudi Arabia is bracing itself for a potentially more strained relationship with the United States in the wake of Democrats gaining control of the House of Representatives ...

Afghan Peace Talks – A Political Jigsaw Puzzle

Afghan Peace Talks – A Political Jigsaw Puzzle

November 11, 2018 | Hujjatullah Zia

The recent Moscow meeting and peace talks between US and Taliban sides with the presence of 11 countries’ representatives, including China, Iran and Pakistan, to settl ...

Moscow Peace Conference: A New Twist in Afghan Peace Process

Moscow Peace Conference:  A New Twist in Afghan Peace Process

November 11, 2018 | Mohammed Gul Sahibbzada

After the initial botched attempt by Russia and Pakistan to organize peace conference on Afghanistan in Moscow few months back where participation of Taliban was planned ...

China Steps up its Opening-up Policy

China Steps up its Opening-up Policy

November 10, 2018 | Hujjatullah Zia

Chinese President Xi Jinping reiterated “nationwide opening-up”, “multilateral trading system”, “win-win strategy” and making “an open ...

Advancing the Role of Women in Politics and Civil Society

Advancing the Role of Women in Politics  and Civil Society

November 08, 2018 | Ahmad Shah Karimi

Undoubtedly women are an influential and inspiring class of our society. They are source of change and shining examples of diligence and endurance who are able to push the ...

The Global Impact of a Chinese Recession

The Global Impact of a Chinese Recession

November 08, 2018 | Kenneth Rogoff

When China finally has its inevitable growth recession – which will almost surely be amplified by a financial crisis, given the economy’s massive leverage ...

Kazakhstan: Strategic Leadership and Shining Future

Kazakhstan: Strategic Leadership and Shining Future

November 07, 2018 | Moh. Sakhi Rezaie

Historically the Kazak region had been an area populated by nomadic tribes. In the 18th century, the Russia Empire made advances into the region, controlling the whole ...

Syria and Arab World Realignment

Syria and Arab World Realignment

November 07, 2018 | Manish Rai

Syria has long been an important centre for pan-Arab ideas in modern times and has been considered as the heart of Arabism. Since the beginning of the Arab nationalist . . .

Role of Russia in Afghanistan’s Peace Process

Role of Russia in Afghanistan’s Peace Process

November 06, 2018 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari

Afghanistan was one of unique area where U.S and Russia have had cooperation both in toppling the Taliban Regime and creation of the new government. They have also taken ...

Angela Merkel’s Tragedy

Angela Merkel’s Tragedy

November 06, 2018 | Ashoka Mody

What we care about most is often our undoing. So it was for Angela Merkel, who recently announced her intention to step down as leader of the Christian Democratic Union ...

Waves of Criticisms against Silence of Urazgan Tragedy

Waves of Criticisms against Silence of Urazgan Tragedy

November 05, 2018 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari

Khas Uruzgan is one of the most vulnerable places where Hazara people are repeatedly suffering from imposed violence on them. The last catastrophe, which inflicted irreparable damages ...

The Khashoggi crisis: Putting Humpty Dumpty back together

The Khashoggi crisis: Putting Humpty Dumpty back together

November 05, 2018 | James M. Dorsey

The killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and potential Western sanctions against Saudi Arabia has sparked renewed debate about the value of the longstanding alliance between ...

Regional Stakeholders Should Involve in Afghan Peace Process

Regional Stakeholders Should Involve  in Afghan Peace Process

November 04, 2018 | Hujjatullah Zia

In the last talks with US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in Doha, the Taliban representatives insisted on...

Saudi Arabia and Iran: When it Comes to Exiles, the Pot calls the Kettle Black

Saudi Arabia and Iran: When it Comes to Exiles,  the Pot calls the Kettle Black

November 04, 2018 | James M. Dorsey

If Saudi Arabia is under pressure to give chapter and verse on the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in its consulate in Istanbul, Iran risks straining relations with Europe ...

Learning the Protection of Cultural Heritage and Waterways from China

Learning the Protection of Cultural Heritage  and Waterways from China

November 03, 2018 | Hujjatullah Zia

Protecting cultural heritage and managing water are two highly essential issues in China. The former will attract domestic and foreign tourists and the latter will make a green ...

A Radically Realistic Climate Vision

A Radically Realistic Climate Vision

November 03, 2018 | Barbara Unmüßig

According to the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world’s main scientific authority on global warming, keeping global temperatures ...