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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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The Gloomy Political weather of Afghanistan: A message and Warning

By: Intizar Khadem Afghanistan is going toward unknown destination. The worsening years ahead are miserable and may cause so many unprecedented incidents inside Afghanistan, regional and globe. The fracture between the Afghan government structures and public is debilitating, and such aversion is getting bigger and bigger every day. The recent …

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Ethnic Tensions: the Emerging Challenge in Afghanistan

By: Abdullah Elham Recently some unexpected positions over national interest issues have surprised Afghans and hence added fuel to the already sparked ethnic tensions in the war-torn country. However, ethnic tensions in Today’s Afghanistan have roots in history and contemporary ground realities of the Country where political parties cash their …

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