Few if any Taliban leaders say they want to re-establish the Islamic Emirate or revive the policies that drew the world’s opprobrium upon them when they controlled the Afghan state in the 1990s.That is the conclusion drawn in this report by Borhan Osman of the Afghanistan Analysts Network and Anand Gopal, author of No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes from interviews with members of the Taliban’s political wing and analysis of the movement’s official publications.

Jul 13, 2016
Borhan Osman, Anand Gopal
South Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan

During German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s recent visit to China, the two countries agreed to jointly fund a disaster response centre in Afghanistan. It was just the latest sign of China’s increasingly prominent role in that country, which also includes trying to jump-start peace talks with the Taliban.

Jul 06, 2016
Joanna Chiu, Jared Ferrie, Barnett Rubin
China, South Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan
Afghanistan

Ghani is Afghanistan’s Jimmy Carter—a visionary technocrat who has alienated potential allies and has no feel for politics.

Jul 04, 2016
George Packer, Barnett Rubin

A diminished England, sans nuclear weapons, coupled with a fragmenting Europe, is unlikely to play its traditional role of shaping norms

Jul 04, 2016
WPS Sidhu
China, South Asia, India, Pakistan

India has no choice but to influence the evolving multilateral order to sustain its own interests.

Jun 30, 2016
WPS Sidhu
South Asia
South Asia

Blocking India’s entry into the NSG by endorsing Beijing’s specious criteria will mark a victory for China and a defeat for the cause of non-proliferation

Jun 20, 2016
WPS Sidhu
China, South Asia, India
India

The Nuclear Suppliers Group meeting in Vienna on India’s membership will be a contestation between US and China to determine the future of the nuclear and world order

Jun 06, 2016
WPS Sidhu
South Asia, India

At a press conference in Hanoi on May 23, President Obama announced that he would lift the decades-old arms embargo on Vietnam, which he called “a lingering vestige of the Cold War.” He also confirmed that, two days earlier, a missile launched from a U.S. Special Operations Forces drone had killed the Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansur in a taxi about a hundred miles southwest of Quetta, the capital of the Pakistani province of Balochistan. (The strike also killed the driver, Muhammad Azam, whose family the U.S.

Jun 04, 2016
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan
Afghanistan

Experts say reports of an Iran-backed Taliban buffer zone in Afghanistan against the Islamic State are overstated but that Iran has had links with Taliban commanders for over a decade. 

Jun 01, 2016
Barnett Rubin

Iran is working with the Taliban to set up a buffer zone along its border with Afghanistan to keep out the Islamic State, the latest sign of how the rise of the Syrian-based terror group is turning longtime rivals into uneasy allies.

May 27, 2016
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