Afghanistan

President Xi Jinping first presented China’s vision for a “Silk Road Economic Belt” during a 2013 speech in Kazakhstan. The idea was to “forge closer economic ties, deepen cooperation, and expand development in the Euro-Asia region”. In early 2015, the contours of Beijing’s strategy began to emerge as China’s leadership laid out plans for this “Silk Road Economic Belt” through Central Asia, and a “21st Century Maritime Silk Road” through Southeast and South Asia. China referred to both collectively as “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR).

Oct 13, 2015
Thomas Zimmerman

Inside Afghanistan the main income seems to come from protection rackets and tolls, bribes or taxes. Members of the Taliban also own businesses in the United Arab Emirates, in Qatar and Saudi Arabia that produce funds. Of course everyone in Afghanistan who controls land that grows poppy, or roads over which opiates are transported makes money from protection and extortion of the drug industry, including the Taliban, but that is only part of their portfolio.

Sep 23, 2015
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan
Afghanistan, Pakistan

Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. Today, we speak with the Center on International Cooperation's Barnett Rubin about the future of the Taliban.

Aug 01, 2015
Barnett Rubin

Barnett Rubin speaks with AmanpourCNN’s International's flagship program for global affairs hosted by Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour.

CNN TRANSCRIPT Aired July 29, 2015 - 14:00:00   ET

AMANPOUR: And just ahead, for years we've wondered whether Mullah Omar was dead or alive. He hasn't been seen since around 9/11. I asked 
world renowned expert Barnett Rubin what difference his death would make now. That's next.

Jul 29, 2015
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan
Pakistan, South Asia

Barnett Rubin speaks with Yalda Hakim of the BBC about the reported death of Mullar Omar.

Jul 30, 2015
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan
Pakistan

The Afghan government and army may see Pakistan-brokered talks with the Taliban further confused by the death of Omar.

Jul 29, 2015
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan
South Asia

No one who knew Afghanistan before 9/11 can fail to note the remarkable changes that have taken place there.

Jul 01, 2015
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan

In a sign that Afghanistan is rethinking its outreach efforts to Pakistan, President Ashraf Ghani has demanded that Islamabad end its longstanding support for the Afghan Taliban.

Read the full Ghandara article Amid Deteriorating Ties With Pakistan, Afghan Leader Makes Tough Demands

Jun 01, 2015
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan

Afghan government representatives said at the meeting that it was ready to make an effort to build trust, if the Taliban agreed to peace negotiations.

Read the full New York Times article Taliban and Afghan Peace Officials Have Secret Talks in China

May 25, 2015
Barnett Rubin
China, South Asia, Afghanistan

Hosted by The Century Foundation with remarks from CIC's Barnett Rubin

May 14, 2015
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan
Pakistan, South Asia