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Whenever someone talks about Afghanistan whether it is about security, economy or other issues, the name of its neighbor, Pakistan that plays key role in almost all sectors come without any pause. But most of time, it comes in form of bad neighbors that spare no stone unturned to destabilize Afghanistan and see its national interests in having unstable neighbor. This ideology is very dangerous, not only for Afghanistan but for all countries.


Journalists in Afghanistan are going through most difficult time after fall of the Taliban’s regime as the number of groups opposing free media in the country had increased manifold. The work environment and security situation have created many hurdles before both male and female journalists. 


President Obama’s announcement follows a decision in 2015 to slow down the planned drawdown of U.S. troops from the current 9,800 to just an embassy presence by the end of 2015, as well as a more recent order last month giving U.S. military leaders more leeway on decisions to conduct strikes on the Taliban in defense of Afghan forces.


Stated simply, if Afghanistan were granted a Belgian-type neutrality, it could - with the help of major powers, as Dr. Kissinger says - rid itself of the Taliban, Haqqani, Al-Qaeda and other extremist cancers. The aim would be to produce a peaceful, self-governing and self-sustaining Afghanistan.


President Obama’s decision on troop levels in Afghanistan is mildly commendable and utterly predictable. He has already given up his dream of pulling all U.S. troops out before he leaves office. Now he has given up his plan to cut troop levels from 9,800 to 5,500. Instead, he will cut to “only” 8,400.


Afghanistan recently sent a team of officials to investigate alleged abuses by militias loyal to two rival strongmen in the country's north, underlining concern that tensions there are undermining the authority of the government in Kabul.


Mountains of dried fruit and cakes, golden saffron, pistachios and tea. Afghans are making ready for days of feasting, marking the end of Ramzan with traditions that have survived nearly 40 years of tormented conflict.


One of the first lessons I learnt on arrival in Afghanistan three years ago was that this beautiful country with remarkably resilient people is also one where you can easily find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time – often with fatal results.


The spotlight is on the Afghan Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation to see if it can rescue its reputation and help those it is supposed to serve.


But was it really CAS? Within the fighter/attack community, the narrative of seasoned aviators who’ve “been there, done that” tout that airpower did not really perform CAS at all.


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The India-Pakistan diplomatic war-dance and military brinkmanship continues unabated. India on Thursday (October 21) asked a Pakistan High Commission staffer in New Delhi to leave the country for allegedly running an espionage ring that was busted with the arrest of two Indians possessing sensitive defence documents.


The first India-Palestine Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) signifies New Delhi’s commitment towards economic development and well being of Palestine writes Muddassir Quamar for South Asia Monitor

In the past few weeks, the Indus Water Treaty has come under renewed focus by the Indian Government and the media.  The Indian Government decided to suspend  the Indus water commission and increase the utilization of rivers flowing through J&K to maximize India’s share, but no decision has been taken to review ...

Senior ISIS leaders have been forced to accept that they will lose their caliphate in Syria and Iraq and see terrorist attacks in the West as the way forward for jihad, according to foreign fighters who are abandoning the Islamist group as it faces an onslaught in Mosul and an impending attack on Raqqa.

Since my last visit five years ago I have keenly observed India’s political, economic and social transformation, and welcomed the increasingly active role India is playing internationally. I have also witnessed the growing personal ties between New Zealand and India, supported by our diaspora communities and our education, tou...


Address by M.J. Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs on Regional Integration and Prosperity at Brussels Conference on Afghanistan (October 5, 2016). Read more inside...

The West is struggling to adjust to a sense of relative powerlessness. At the moment it is just firefighting. Russia and the US are trying to achieve broadly similar objectives in Aleppo and Mosul — restoring the sovereignty of controllable, authoritarian, central governments.

Anthony ensured that the equipping of our military came down to 1962 levels, but Parrikar, together with the present government, appears to be hell bent upon denigrating the soldiers and denying them their dues. Taking cover behind ‘mischievous bureaucrats’ can’t work anymore; responsibilities will have to be taken...


The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and others of their ilk not only destabilise Pakistan and make it one of the world's most dangerous places but also threaten neighbouring Afghanistan and India -- and even far...


The book, written in the manner of a series of case studies, also points to the lack of a clearly enunciated national security strategy, a defence situational review, a defence strategy and a joint strategy for the armed forces -- all of this h...


The book ‘Pakistan at crossroads: Domestic Dynamics and External Pressures’  is one of the few books in recent years which fixes spotlight on various aspects of Pakistan; the internal flummoxing situation and external forces wh...


In a region which is unexplored as an asset class, performance will be the kingmaker. This book includes the author’s CDCF Portfolio basket for the SAARC asset class, which selects the best fundamental-p...


Sri Lanka has to be the most beautiful country I have ever seen, says John Gimlette, an accomplished travel writer who journeys to the island nation at the end of a long and brutal civil war. Anyone who has se...

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