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Russia in Waziristan; Kabul Needs Support, Not Competition

Paper No. 6237                                 Dated 05-Apr-2017

Guest Column by Alexander Murray

As the recent explosions on the St Petersburg metro are assessed, a continuing theme across the world is the question of whether or not a militant terror network was involved and if so, is it of a transnational design. Due to recurring attacks claimed and attributed to Daesh, this is a common global concern.

Russia’s Unprincipled Rebound to Afghanistan 2017

Paper No. 6236                                                Dated 03-Apr-2017

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Russia’s unprincipled rebound to Afghanistan clearly visible in 2017 in the company of Pakistan and the Taliban who jointly spearheaded the Soviet exit from Afghanistan reflects the Russian depravity of political expediency.

Russia would be sorely disappointed if it has concluded that its renewed rebound to Afghanistan by an unholy coalition with Pakistan and the Afghan Taliban groups would result in the United States withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Afghanistan: US President Trump’s Biggest Challenge

Paper No. 6228                                Dated 07-Mar-2017

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Afghanistan is likely to present the most significant and biggest challenge to US President Trump as China, Russia and Pakistan have new found congruence to muscle into a nation in which the United States has so heavily invested strategically.

Afghanistan: Sanctions on Hekmatyar Lifted; Eyes on Russia

Paper No. 6220                                  Dated 08-Feb-2017

Guest Column by Alexander Murray

On 4 February, the UN Security Council (UNSC) agreed to remove Hezb-e-Islami-e-Gulbuddin (HIG) power-broker and former Afghan Prime Minister, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, from its international sanctions list. Having negotiated a truce with HIG and settled on the peaceful terms of Hekmatyar’s reintegration into Afghan civil society, the government of President Ashraf Ghani is sure to welcome the news.

Afghanistan cannot be abandoned to China-Pakistan-Russia Troika in 2017

Paper No. 6214                                 Dated 17-Jan-2017

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Afghanistan seemed to have disappeared from the United States radar in the months to the run-up to US Presidential Elections resulting in a void which the China-Pakistan-Russia Troika has exploited to US disadvantage.

Afghan Calls to Lift UN Sanctions: A Welcome to Pakistan and Warning to the World

Paper No. 6209                               Dated 30-Dec-2016

Guest Column by Alexander Murray

Earlier this month, the Afghan government of President Ashraf Ghani made requests of the UN Security Council (UNSC) that Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and his political affiliate, Hezb-e-Islami-ye-Gulbuddin (HIG), be removed of international sanctions.

Greater Balochistan; A Quiet Frontier set to Explode

Paper No. 6197                                  Dated 15-Nov-2016

Guest Column by Alexander Murray

As infrastructure projects in Greater Balochistan come to be, governments across South and Central Asia should prepare for what will most likely turn into the region’s next hotbed of violence. Baloch across the region must be included in regional governments’ decision making processes or investors should prepare for the rural ethnic Baloch to thrust their projects into the dustbins of history.

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