Remember Afghanistan? From 2006 to 2011, while Canadian troops in Kandahar were fighting Taliban insurgents, Afghanistan dominated debate about Canadian foreign and defence policy. In the years since, the political and security problems of the troubled Central Asian crossroads have mattered less directly to Canadians.

Jan 11, 2016
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan

When - or if - completed, a new natural gas pipeline would carry 33 billion cubic metres of gas from Turkmenistan through three South Asian countries. 

Pakistan and India would each purchase 42 percent of the gas; the remaining 6 percent would go to Afghanistan. Afghanistan would receive about $400 million per year in transit fees, equal to about 25 percent of the state's total domestic revenue in 2015.

Jan 04, 2016
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan

Taliban would not be able to mount attacks inside Afghanistan without the presence of their undisturbed sanctuaries inside Pakistan, top American experts have said.

"This (Taliban) offensive is enabled by sanctuaries in Pakistan," David Sedney, who earlier was a top Pentagon official for Afghanistan and Pakistan told the PBS in an interview released Sunday.

He's currently a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Dec 28, 2015
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan
South Asia

When, on December 10th, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani returned to Kabul from Islamabad, he was greeted by a Taliban attack that killed more than fifty people

Dec 30, 2015
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan

Why has security in Afghanistan deteriorated so much over the past year? Former Defense Department officials David Sedney and Barnett Rubin join Judy Woodruff to discuss.

Dec 24, 2015
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan


CIC Associate Director Barnett Rubin spoke on November 24 at the Carnegie Council along with Ahmed Rashid on Af-Pak, Taliban and Daesh. View the full video of the dialogue below:

On Monday November 23rd, CIC and the United States Institute for Peace (USIP) hosted a panel to discuss a new CIC report on China’s One-Belt-One-Road initiative (OBOR), its impact on Afghanistan and Pakistan, and how it relates to United States efforts in the broader region.

Nov 23, 2015
China, South Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan

Ideological and religious differences will continue to limit ISIL's ability to recruit from Afghan Taliban.

Nov 02, 2015
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan

Successive Afghan leaders have dreamed of turning their country into a "land bridge" or a "roundabout" of regional trade and cooperation.

Instead, their country -- metaphorically called "the heart of Asia" for its location at the center of Asia's landmass -- has attracted terrorists and covert wars clouding the country's future and raising questions over its very survival as a nation state.

A series of Chinese-financed infrastructure, energy, and transport projects has now raised hopes that the investments will help in establishing lasting peace in Afghanistan.

Oct 29, 2015
Abubakar Siddique, Thomas Zimmerman
South Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan
Afghanistan, Pakistan

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