Afghanistan

On December 17, 2016 Barnett Rubin made a presentation on the subject of “Security and Development Along the Belt and Road Initiative” at a conference hosted by the Belt and Road Building and Central Asian Studies Institute of Shaanxi Normal University in Xi’an, China.

Dec 17, 2016
Barnett Rubin
China, South Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan
Afghanistan, Pakistan

In his first two weeks in office, President Donald Trump's "America First" pledge has proven more than an idle slogan. In word and deed, the White House has signaled an aggressive unilateral stance toward the world that's antagonized allies abroad and divided supporters at home.

Feb 01, 2017
Benjy Sarlin, Barnett Rubin

The United States can best achieve its objective of denying international terrorists sanctuary in Afghanistan by implementing an integrated diplomatic and military strategy.

Feb 01, 2017
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan

On December 16, 2016, President Obama, speaking at his last White House press conference, suggested to Donald Trump that, “Since there's only one president at a time,” the president-elect should wait “before he starts having a lot of interactions with foreign governments other than the usual courtesy calls.”

Jan 14, 2017
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan
Afghanistan, Pakistan

Bombs exploded in the Afghan capital of Kabul earlier today. It was the first attack in the city in months. The blasts killed at least 30 people and injured dozens more. NPR's Nishant Dahiya reports.

Jan 11, 2017
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan
Afghanistan, Crises

Dr. Barnett Rubin recently gave a keynote speech entitled "Afghanistan's Road to Self Reliance" to the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan in Stockholm, Sweden on 9 December 2016. A video and summary of the speech is available below.

Jan 05, 2017
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan

Fifteen years have passed since the international community’s intervention in Afghanistan in 2001. Since the drawdown of international forces, Afghanistan has not been able to secure peace and stability. What are the principal domestic and regional factors that deter and enable achieving these objectives? How can the country move forward?

Jan 04, 2017
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan
Afghanistan, Pakistan

What will the president-elect do with Afghanistan?

Dec 20, 2016
Emran Feroz, Barnett Rubin
South Asia

On September 29th, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the leader of the Hezb-e-Islami (Islamic Party) of Afghanistan, signed a peace agreement with the Afghan government, by prerecorded video, from an undisclosed location. In the nineteen-eighties, Hezb-e-Islami was the most extreme of the seven mujahideen parties recognized by Pakistan, and Hekmatyar’s unblinking black eyes were framed by a black turban and full black beard. Three decades later, Hekmatyar, now sixty-nine, has a different look.

Oct 19, 2016
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan

This article examines the main cooperation fields between China and the US in Afghanistan and Pakistan in the post-NATO period. In doing so, this study looks at the initiation of various bilateral joint projects as a distinctive turning point in China-US relations. It argues that existence of such bilateral projects and cooperation in this region does not only produce added value for the countries in question but also have the potential to enhance the mutual relations between China and US.

Oct 18, 2016
Barnett Rubin, Tom Gregg
South Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan

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