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It could have been much worse: such was the strength of the blast that it tore open a deep crater outside the compound and briefly disrupted power lines across the Afghan capital. The attack came days after suicide bombers targeted a Kabul demonstration by thousands of Hazaras, an Afghan minority group. At least 80 people were killed in the devastating assault claimed by the Islamic State (ISIS). Amid growing concern about the situation in the country, here’s what you need to know about the still fragile state of security in Afghanistan.


When Laura Bush said in April 2016 that she wanted the President of the United States to care about Afghan women, one could reasonably infer that she would rather see Hillary Clinton elected President than Donald Trump. 

Back to the future In 1979 when the USSR invaded Afghanistan, there was a view that Russia’s ultimate purpose was to have its access to warm waters through crossing Pakistan and Afghanistan. 

Tensions are rising in Afghanistan over the government’s inability to provide security for its citizens. On July 23, two suicide attacks left at least 80 dead and hundreds injured in a peaceful demonstration held by the Hazara minority. IS claimed responsibility. Demonstrators were protesting peacefully against changes in a government development project that they felt would adversely affect them.


The war on terror is a failed mission since its beginning in 2001 because it has not been defined. It is the only war where the enemies and scope of the operations had not been defined to achieve the outlined goals. Different countries see different actors as terrorists. 


Recent terror attacks in the United States, Germany and France has created several and severe challenges for the asylum-seekers with objective to recruit the returnees as brutal killers. Disappointment forces good people to become evil and pawns.


On Saturday, a suicide attack killed more than 85 people and wounded more than 200 during a peaceful protest march by Shia Hazaras in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The Shiite Hazara protest against a power plant was only incidental. From the perspective of sectarian strife, the Sunni ISIS had a readymade target to strike and kill with abandon.  

Historians still debate whether President John F. Kennedy would have withdrawn U.S. troops from Vietnam had he lived to win re-election in 1964. Since President Barack Obama recently announced his intention to keep at least 8,400 U.S. troops in Afghanistan through the end of his presidency, the only debate will be over why he never withdrew but chose instead to bequeath an unwinnable war — the longest in U.S. history — to his successor.


Afghan society is male dominated, she says. It is a society where women are only taught to listen to their teacher, to the mullah during prayer time, and to their parents.


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Nepal’s deposed king Gyanendra Shah has regretted that the country has lost its Hindu identity and said despair and unhappiness among the people might lead them to revolt once again. 


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

There has been many nationalist calls for boycotting Chinese goods as a retaliation against China for blocking India’s bid at the UN to designate Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a terrorist, following the Uri attacks and the subsequent surgical strikes carried out by the Indian army.   

The most recent polls indicate that Clinton now enjoys as much as a 12 point lead over Trump.  If this proves to be the actual outcome, it could have profound implications for the country’s political future writes Harold  Gould for South Asia Monitor

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...

Military aid or assistance, is an important tool, that states have always plied to manoeuvre and counter-manoeuvre other sovereign entities and countless disparate factions in the pursuit of international relations. It includes arms transfers, logistical support and even supply of troops.   

On a sunny morning a young shepherd takes his cattle across the lovely winding Namka Chu into the dense pine forests on the ridge above. The cold wind blows in from the north and the boy looks up at the steep mountain ahead of him covered by rhododendrons.


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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