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Russia and the Afghanistan conundrum

The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan has created a power vacuum with security implications for the wider region that has perhaps been underestimated. While the withdrawal of the United States and its Western allies after a 20-year presence might have generated ...

Fabbri Valerio
27.10.2021 15:21:16

The Complex World Order

... paper, Russia in 2002 had a smaller economy than Australia, and a population of 145 million, the same as Pakistan. No data showed that Russia could resurge to where Russia is today. And the Neo-realists failed to understand it even as it happened. The Taliban were not defeated after the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. The Taliban were also not defeated after the presence of the U.S. and NATO forces from dozens of countries, and U.S. President Obama’s “surge” in Afghanistan in 2015 of probably ...

Риис Карстен
05.10.2021 18:16:18

The Abraham Accord, Iran, and The Geopolitics of the Persian Gulf

... major influences to expand their sphere of control in the region. In the same context, the GCC and Israel due to their normalizing relations and their common threat perceptions against Iran will try to counter Iran’s influence in Afghanistan ruled by Taliban. Furthermore, clashes between these two powers will introduce an emerging potential conflict to the region. In the meantime, the new government of Ebrahim Raeisi will also have their own defensive and offensive strategies to preserve Iran’s ...

Акбари Араш
06.09.2021 19:11:59

What G7 Demands of the Taliban is Unrealistic

The Taliban have declared a general amnesty and announced that no one will be arrested or punished. They have announced to be protecting everyone, including all Afghan nationals, irrespective of their affiliation, race, ethnicity, faction, religion, ideology,...

Awan Zamir Ahmed
06.09.2021 12:02:39

Russia & The Taliban: From Narrative Challenges To Opportunities

The Taliban’s lightning-fast takeover of Afghanistan was a “black-swan” event that completely changed the geostrategic situation in Central and South Asia. It also resulted in Russia’s pragmatic ties with the Taliban coming to the forefront of global ...

Korybko Andrew
25.08.2021 16:10:57

Taliban in Kabul after two decades

Smoother than the transition of presidential powers in Washington, the Taliban1 entered Kabul, witj no single bullet fired, no one killed, no one injured, no one arrested. It was a war welcome by the local residents with no resistance at all.Source: Reuters The world has witnessed the peaceful entry of the Taliban into Kabul....

Awan Zamir Ahmed
17.08.2021 18:08:22

These are Russia’s Three Strategic Goals in Afghanistan

... Biden’s pledge to leave the country by September 11th. It also prompted questions about the interests of regional nations in a post-withdrawal Afghanistan. Russia has recently emerged as a diplomatic force in the conflict after pragmatically hosting the Taliban (banned by Moscow as a terrorist group) on a couple of occasions in order to facilitate the peace process. It also has security interests in Central Asia, particularly because three of the region’s nations – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan ...

Korybko Andrew
12.07.2021 19:28:01

The CIA Led War reopens in Afghanistan

After the announcement of president Trump new South Asian strategy and according to our sources within the American intelligence community, the US forces will double their offensives on insurgency/Taliban which the Pentagon refers to special operations, known as ‘surge’. Many US Non-Official Cover (NOCs) or espionage activities will be increased. Furthermore the CIA and US intelligence community will multiply their Afghan ‘Snitches’ and ...

Sohail Ajmal
25.10.2017 15:25:13

Interview with Pugwash Secretary General Paolo Cotta-Ramusino

... troops there, the situation has not improved. N.S.: Why? What are the reasons? P. C-R.: I think that there have been lots of mistakes in dealing with the situation. To begin with, there has been the Bonn Conference of 2001 that completely cut off the Taliban. The Taliban are still present in Afghanistan. The Taliban cannot win over the Government of Afghanistan and the Government of Afghanistan cannot eliminate the Taliban. Moreover, there are other groups which are more dangerous, such as DAESH. ...

Пагуошский комитет Российский
28.03.2017 15:40:00

The beginning of a new chapter of proxy war in Afghanistan

... revitalized its great middle-east strategy in order to dominate and pursue its geopolitical objectives in the region US, NATO and other Strategic allies of America stationed thousands of troops in the country to fight the so-called Al-Qaida and its allies the Taliban movement in Afghanistan and Pakistan as part of the US war on terror strategy despite the heavily armed presence of US and its allies in the region no sign of eradication of the radical Islam is witnessed, rather radical Islamic movements (Al-Qaida,...

Sohail Ajmal
09.11.2016 15:03:00

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