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The Geopolitics of the Lapis Lazuli Corridor

By: Shoaib A. Rahim The New Silk Road initiative of the United States came to life in June 2011, when then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hinted at regional connectivity through rail lines, highways, and energy infrastructure — presenting the Turkmenistan- Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project as an example — in …

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Understanding US reactions of events in South Asia

Dr. Richard L. Benkin Several years ago, I was at the United States (US) Congress, and after one meeting went to see a Congressman who was working with me on a human rights issue.  When I entered his outer office, I saw the Congressman’s Chief of Staff, sitting on the …

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How Afghans View the New U.S. Strategy Trump Plan Spurs Hope, But Poses Tests

Disclaimer: This article was first published elsewhere and is republished here with recommendation and full permission of the author. By Shahmahmood Miakhel Afghanistan’s leaders are mostly breathing a sigh of relief at the release of the new U.S. strategy after such a long delay. President Trump’s speech featured important reassurances …

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Trumponomics: An Elusive Quest in Afghan Mines

By Shoaib Rahim There are no two views that Afghanistan is blessed with mineral wealth. In 2010, a survey by United States Geological Survey (USGS) estimated the total wealth of the minerals to be around 1 trillion, with $908 billion in minerals while another $200 billion in hydrocarbons. These minerals …

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