Said Sabir Ibrahimi, Research Associate, appeared on Voice of America Dari to discuss the US elections and its implications on Afghanistan.

Q: Do you think it is concerning that the US presidential candidates have not mentioned Afghanistan in their speeches?

A: Donald Trump has been vague about his programs, and both him and Hillary Clinton have not mentioned Afghanistan in their big foreign policy speeches, but in their interviews with American media, they both have mentioned Afghanistan.

Aug 22, 2016
Said Sabir Ibrahimi
South Asia, Afghanistan

The numbers and skill sets of India’s foreign service are woefully out of sync with the global role that the political leadership envisages for the country

Aug 15, 2016
WPS Sidhu
South Asia, India

It has become a cliché that every US presidential election is more significant than the previous one, not only for the future of the US but for the rest of the world, including India. Yet, like most clichés, there is more than an element of truth and ample proof that the 2016 election will be unlike any other that the US has seen since at least 1940.

Aug 01, 2016
WPS Sidhu
United States, South Asia, India

The ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague against China’s claim on the South China Sea in a case brought before the court by the Philippines should prima facie have remained a bilateral matter between the litigants. In reality, however, it has become an exemplar of China’s role in the ongoing contest to determine the world order. China’s shrill and bellicose response during and after the ruling has only served to heighten alarm over Beijing’s intentions and behaviour among all the major powers, including India.

Jul 18, 2016
WPS Sidhu
China, East Asia, South Asia, India

Taliban Views on a Future State

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

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

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