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What next if Taliban refuses Ashraf Ghani’s peace offer?

By: Zeerak Yousofi March 24, 2018 The Government of Afghanistan provided the Taliban with a historic offer for peace during the Kabul process II conference on February 28, 2018. The roadmap that President Ashraf Ghani presented during this conference has phenomenally addressed all those preconditions that the Taliban has been …

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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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