Category: Afghanistan

Politics, not theology, at the root of Islamist ideology

     

New national security adviser H.R. McMaster is setting a strikingly different tone to discussions on countering violent extremism by saying the term “radical Islamic terrorism” isn’t helpful for US goals, CNN… Read more »

After Mosul: state-building means democratic state-building

     

A dispute between Iraq and Turkey has emerged as a dramatic geopolitical sideshow to the complicated military campaign to retake Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, from the Islamic State, with Turkey’s… Read more »

Inclusion & empowerment vital for democratic development

     

  Inclusion and empowerment are vital for both democracy and development to take hold in conflict and post-conflict situations, according to Nicholas Haysom, special representative of United Nations Secretary-General Ban… Read more »

Beware the ‘Isolationist Temptation’

     

It has been only a quarter-century since the end of the Cold War, but the U.S. is already in the midst of its second great foreign-policy debate of the post-Soviet… Read more »

Pakistan support for Afghan militants merits ‘total isolation’

     

A former top American diplomat has said the United States should adopt a policy of total isolation against Pakistan, harshly criticizing the country for supporting the Afghan militant groups: In… Read more »

Strategic Reversal in Afghanistan?

     

Dozens of people have been killed in clashes between Islamic State militants and Afghan forces as the extremist movement renewed efforts to seize parts of eastern Afghanistan, according to reports: Fighters… Read more »

Countering violent extremism in Pakistan

     

The drone strike that killed Taliban leader Mullah Mansour confirms that the U.S. will chase and hunt down terrorists who seek refuge in Pakistan, says Zalmay Khalilzad, the former U.S… Read more »

Afghanistan: time to wage war for peace?

     

Contrary to expert expectations and the predictions of many analysts, the death of the Taliban’s leader brought about almost no struggle for succession in the group, notes Moh. Sayed Madadi,… Read more »

Can Afghanistan survive September?

     

Afghanistan’s prospects for political stability are gloomy, according to analysts Moh.Sayed Madadi and Tabish Forugh.* The National Unity Government (NUG) struggles to govern as it fails to deliver the promises… Read more »