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The Islamic State in Afghanistan: a Real Threat to the Region?

... loyalty. A few months of self-proclaimed Caliph’s emissaries’ hard work and negotiations with the Taliban leaders were crowned with success and creation of a new IS stronghold . Given the recent history of the Af-Pak region (Afghanistan and Pakistan), and the role played in it by the Taliban, it is difficult to overestimate the implications of such an alliance and the future prospects for the countries of Central and South Asia, as well as for the whole system of regional security. What ...


The TAPI project: Turkmenistan’s bet in pipeline geopolitics

... sustainable development and peace.’ President of Turkmenistan Slowly but surely, steps are being taken to actually start the construction of the TAPI pipeline. But what exactly is the motivation of the four countries (Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India) to take part in this project, and what are the main challenges they are facing? Who is supporting the project and what factors are pushing neutral and closed Turkmenistan to reach outside of its borders? Finally, what are the project’s ...


Disappointment in Tashkent: Iran and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

... pressing security problems of the region. While the central focus of the meeting was on the fight against terrorism and extremism, the question of extending membership to several countries was discussed. The main result of these discussions was that Pakistan and India signed memorandums of obligation to join as full members. It is expected that they will accede to the organization by 2017. Expansion of the organization into South Asia is being viewed as crucial to tackling security threats that ...


The New Impetus for Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

... status of full SCO member states in the near future will boost the organization’s potential and provide a fresh impetus to further securing its role on the regional and international arena. The signing of the Memorandum on the Obligations of India and Pakistan for becoming SCO member states was a landmark event that took place in Tashkent (link in Russian). The final phase of their accession to the organization was thus launched. It also reaffirmed the positive dynamics of the SCO’s development achieved ...


Rashid Alimov: Kill both Symptoms and the Root of the Evil

... settling international conflicts. Why is the organization expanding now? Is it due to new threats and challenges? Of paramount significance were the SCO decisions taken at its 2015 summit in Ufa on the launch of the procedure for admission of India and Pakistan. The status of Belarus was elevated from partner to observer. More partners were invited, among them Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia and Nepal. Thus, the group now incorporates 18 states and about 44 percent of the globe's population. The SCO is ...


RIAC Steps up Contacts with Pakistani Research Centres

President of Pakistan’s Strategic Vision Institute Zafar Iqbal Cheema paid a visit to the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) on 22 April. During his visit to the RIAC, he learned about the Council’s current projects for South and Central Asia,...


RIAC Talks with Karachi Council on Foreign Relations

On September 23, 2015, RIAC Director General Andrey Kortunov and Deputy Program Director Timur Makhmutov met with Chairman of Pakistan-Russia Business Council Muhammad Farooq Afzal, a member of Karachi Council on Foreign Relations ( KCFR ). The discussants focused on the current state of Russian-Pakistani relations, stressing poor advance of person-to-person contacts and mutually ...


Where will the new Taliban leader lead his people?

... expressed support for the negotiation process taking place in Qatar. We can add to this the fact that Mullah Omar resisted the Taliban’s subjugation to Al-Qaeda and frequently disagreed with Osama bin Laden. Pragmatists oppose the so-called “Pakistan Taliban”, which continues to take a tough stance in its policies and seeks to overthrow the current Afghan regime of Mohammad Ashraf Ghani. The struggle between the two sides will continue, contributing further to the split within the organization,...


What Does the Afghan President’s Visit to India Tell Us?

... important foreign policy partner of Afghanistan and a major investor in its economy (with capital investment in excess of 2 billion US dollars, making it the fourth biggest donor country). Before going to India, President Ghani paid visits to China and Pakistan, was received at a high level in the USA, took part in an international conference on Afghanistan in Britain, and visited Saudi Arabia. These steps by the current Afghan president demonstrated that he is preparing to make some adjustments to ...


Narendra Modi’s Nuclear Triumph and the “Semi-Decay” of the Nonproliferation Regime

... it a threat to its security. The nuclear ambitions of India’s northern neighbor, which also is developing its nuclear weapons program and is not a party to the NPT have not yet received wide international recognition. However, it is known that Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif considers nuclear power as the key to solving the problem of energy shortages faced by his country. In 2013, it was announced that the preparatory work for the construction of a new power unit at the Karachi ...


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