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18 Sep 2014
After “AfPak”: Reframing Europe’s Pakistan Policy
Is it time for the EU to stop viewing Pakistan through the prism of Afghanistan? Yes, says Angela Stanzel. Brussels’ misperceptions are keeping it from keeping pace with developments inside the country.
on «After “AfPak”: Reframing Europe’s Pakistan Policy»
11 Sep 2014
The Trans-Afghan Pipeline Initiative: No Pipe Dream
Does a ‘silver bullet’ exist that can 1) promote peace between India and Pakistan, 2) contribute to the reconstruction of Afghanistan, 3) weaken Russia’s Gazprom, and 4) keep the pressure on Iran during nuclear negotiations? According to Mark Grossman, it does – it’s the Trans-Afghan Pipeline Initiative.
on «The Trans-Afghan Pipeline Initiative: No Pipe Dream»
24 Jul 2014
The Regional Dimension of Central Asian Security Cooperation
Over the last twelve years, the security dynamics of Central Asia have been dominated by Afghanistan. Not anymore, argues David Erkomaishvili. The region’s security calculations are already being dominated by more traditional ethnic, tribal and sectarian concerns.
on «The Regional Dimension of Central Asian Security Cooperation»
30 Jun 2014
Tajik, Afghan Officials Play Down Border Security Fears
Do communities on either side of the Afghan-Tajik border fear a post-ISAF rise in militant activity and drug trafficking? Not entirely, reveal Hilvatshoh Mahmud and Hafizullah Gardesh. There are local officials and others who insist that the potential for greater insecurity has been exaggerated.
on «Tajik, Afghan Officials Play Down Border Security Fears»
21 May 2014
EU and NATO Engagement with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Afghanistan as a Pilot
NATO’s recent decision to suspend military cooperation with Russia could aggravate Afghanistan’s already precarious security status, warns Marcel de Haas. To prevent that from happening, the Alliance should work to enhance its cooperation with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
on «EU and NATO Engagement with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Afghanistan as a Pilot»
19 Mar 2014
Karzai's Paranoia Threatens Afghan Security
Hamid Karzai’s failure to sign a post-2014 bilateral security agreement with the United States has put him at odds with Washington and a large number of his own people. Worse still, warns Patrick Balbierz, his stonewalling is threatening his country’s modest security gains and further emboldening the Taliban.
on « Karzai's Paranoia Threatens Afghan Security»
12 Dec 2013
Eurasia Awaits Post-2014 Afghan Storm
The final withdrawal of Western troops from Afghanistan and Central Asia may result in an upsurge of narcotics trafficking, terrorism and other security challenges. So are the area's leading politicians working together to head this problem off at the pass? Not according to Richard Weitz.
on «Eurasia Awaits Post-2014 Afghan Storm»
10 Dec 2013
Increase in Taliban Efforts to Recruit from Afghan Government and Security Forces
Why is the Taliban successfully recruiting new members from the Afghan government and armed forces? According Jami Forbes and Brian Dudley, the group has developed a media-savvy PR campaign that offers, among other things, amnesty to all new recruits.
on «Increase in Taliban Efforts to Recruit from Afghan Government and Security Forces»
24 Jul 2013
Tough Job Ahead for Under-Resourced Afghan Forces
Last month, Afghan forces formally took over the lead responsibility to provide security within their own borders. But are they truly ready to do so? According to Abdol Wahed Faramarz, serious doubts remain over whether they are up to the task.
on «Tough Job Ahead for Under-Resourced Afghan Forces»
11 Jun 2013
Afghans Nervous as Nawaz Sharif Returns
Nawaz Sharif's third term as Pakistan's Prime Minister is likely to cast a dark shadow over Afghanistan's efforts to rebuild itself, or so write Hafizullah Gardesh and Mina Habbib. To many Afghans, his campaign promise to no longer support counterterrorism operations confirms that he is a 'long-term enemy.
on «Afghans Nervous as Nawaz Sharif Returns»
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