Afghanistan

For War on the Rocks, CIC associate director Barnett Rubin breaks down the history of Iran's relations with Afghanistan and the Taliban.

"Though Iran’s policy toward Afghanistan may lack a foolish consistency, it has placed Iran in what may be its best attainable position in Afghanistan: No one trusts it, but no one wants to antagonize it either," writes Rubin.

Read the full article at War on the Rocks here.

Sep 16, 2020
Barnett Rubin
Afghanistan

The National interviewed CIC research associate Said Sabir Ibrahimi about the release of inmates as part of the negotiations between the U.S. and the Taliban.

“Delays can create some incentives for the released prisoners to rejoin in the absence of an integration programme that can keep them away from the fighting,” Ibrahimi told The National.

Read the full article at The National here.

Sep 07, 2020
Afghanistan
Afghanistan

In this Reuters article, CIC associate director Barnett Rubin commented on Pakistan's influence on the Taliban talks with the Afghan government.

""Pakistan has a lot of leverage, short of military options, including allowing and restricting the Taliban's mobility," Barnett Rubin, a senior advisor on Afghanistan and Pakistan under the Obama administration told Reuters."

Read the full article at Reuters here.

Aug 25, 2020
Afghanistan, Pakistan
Afghanistan, Pakistan

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) quoted CIC's Barnett Rubin about the release of a prisoner under the US-Taliban deal.

"The US Government wants these negotiations to take place," he said. "When you're in a negotiation with your enemy you don't get to dictate what your enemy's conditions are."

Read the full article at ABC here.

Aug 12, 2020
Afghanistan
Afghanistan

A new book by Barnett Rubin, senior fellow and director of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Regional Project at CIC, was recently published by Oxford University Press. Afghanistan: What Everyone Needs to Know is a concise introduction to the issues facing Afghanistan today.

Aug 03, 2020
Barnett Rubin
Afghanistan
Afghanistan

CIC's Barnett Rubin was interviewed in this Gandhara article about the demands to release Hajji Bashar Noorzai, a Taliban leader who is incarcerated in a U.S. prison.

"'He is politically important to the Nurzais in Loya Kandahar,' Rubin said of Noorzai’s status as an important tribal figure among the Nurzai, a large Pashtun tribe in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar and adjoining regions collective referred to as Greater Kandahar by Afghans. 'That is a very important constituency for the Taliban,' he added."

Jun 30, 2020
Afghanistan
Afghanistan

CIC's Barnett Rubin was interviewed by TOLOnews about former National Security Advisor John Bolton's new book, and what it reveals about President Trump's policy on Afghanistan.

"The main thing it shows is that President Trump doesn’t know anything about Afghanistan, he doesn’t care about Afghanistan. He just wants to get out of Afghanistan, but he wants to get out of Afghanistan in a way that is good for his reelection and that he doesn’t care about anything else at all," Rubin is quoted saying.

Jun 23, 2020
United States, Afghanistan
Afghanistan

CIC's Barnett Rubin was interviewed by Gandhara about Taliban sanctuaries in Pakistan, which have been flagged as the "number one impediment to defeating the insurgency inside Afghanistan that now controls one-third of the country’s rural areas."

“If and only if the political agreement between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban provides for demobilization and repatriation of Taliban fighters, including those in Pakistan, Pakistan will help implement the agreement and move against any who resist it,” Rubin said.

Jun 10, 2020
Afghanistan
Afghanistan

In this op-ed for TOLOnews, CIC research associate Said Sabir Ibrahimi writes about the post-2001 system in Afghanistan. 

Apr 04, 2020
Said Sabir Ibrahimi
Afghanistan
Afghanistan

CIC Research Associate Said Sabir Ibrahimi was quoted in The New Arab about the appointed of Mawlavi Mahdi as a Taliban district chief—the first Shia Hazara to be selected for the group's ranks.

“The Taliban has never been an inclusive force; their leadership in Quetta and Peshawar and their political office in Doha are run by Sunni Pashtuns. They have had token Tajik commanders in the field, particularly in the north, but now they are trying to include some token Shia Hazaras in the mix,” Ibrahimi said.

Apr 29, 2020
Afghanistan
Afghanistan

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