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China has offered to host a meeting between Afghan government officials and Taliban representatives should the two sides so desire, but refused to ‘mediate’ peace negotiations between them.


For the past two years, US forces have mostly been engaged in training and assistance, force protection and counterterrorism. However, as Kunduz has shown, this has not succeeded 


A group of Afghan students gathered on the leafy campus of Kabul University this week to embark on an unlikely course - the country's first Master's degree in gender and women's studies.

Obama offered yet another short-term solution, but it’s time the US starts talking about a long-term troop agreement, just like we gave South Korea. When President Barack Obama announced Thursday his plan to freeze the current force level in Afghanistan at 9,800 troops for most of 2016, he put Kabul on a path where defeating the insurgency may no longer be possible.  

US President Barack Obama announced on Thursday (Oct 15) that thousands of American troops will remain in Afghanistan past 2016, retreating from a major campaign pledge as he admitted that Afghan forces are not ready to stand alone.


The fall of Kunduz to Taliban is not only strategically significant but is also cause for deep worry for the Afghan National Unity Government.


Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Dr Abdullah Abdullah said on Monday that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s offer to revive the Afghan peace process was “good” but Pakistan should “stop supporting the Taliban”.


Despite consistent pressure on Kunduz over the past six months, its collapse was unexpected. But it happened and shocked the nation.

Barack Obama telephoned the president of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) yesterday (Wednesday) to apologise for the US bombing of a hospital in Afghanistan that left 22 people dead.  

The Taliban are moving from purely guerilla attacks to offensive action against cities and seeks to topple regional governments but not necessarily hold its ground afterwards


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The first India-China strategic dialogue is to be held on February 22, 2017. This dialogue was proposed during the visit of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in August last year and it was propagated as a new mechanism for a more comprehensive dialogue between the two countries. 
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Society for Policy Studies in association with India Habitat Centre invites you to a lecture in the Changing Asia Series by Dr.Pratap Bhanu Mehta, President and Chief Executive, Centre for Policy Research on Asia: Hope for the Future or Prisoner of the Past?    ...
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It is high time that Taiwan differentiated its position from Beijing’s claim on South China Sea, writes Namrata Hasija for South Asia Monitor.
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India remians the inflexible bête-noir for Pakistan, yet there are few books by Indian authors that have sought to interpret the prodigal neighbour in a holistic, informed and empathetic manner.


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