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Russia fortifies Central Asia military clout before US Afghan exit

Dimitri Simes Jr., Nikkei Asia – 27 May 2021 Andrei Serenko, head of the Center for the Study of Modern Afghanistan, talked with Nikkei Asia about Russia’s military interests in Central Asia since the announcement of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. According to Serenko, “Russia is primarily interested in strengthening its military and…

Fears that Afghanistan could slip into anarchy and civil war – Roddy Gow

Roddy Gow OBE, The Scotsman – 10 June 2021 In this short article on The Scotsman, Asia Scotland Institute Chairman, Roddy Gow OBE, reflects on the large numbers of Scottish servicemen and women killed in conflicts within Afghanistan. He also considers our recent webinar ‘The Future of Afghanistan’, in which the panellists and most of…

Pakistan’s top diplomat warns China could fill void left by US

Wajahat Khan, Nikkei Asia – 26 May 2021 In a recent interview at Pakistan’s consulate in New York, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the country’s foreign minister, answered questions on the country’s relationship with its previous ally, the U.S., and its new investor, China. Also discussed was Pakistan’s stance on Afghanistan, India and the Indo-Pacific’s Quad. Read…

America’s Central Asian Dilemma

Charles E. Ziegler, The National Interest – 23 May 2021 Exhausted by years of instability in the Middle East, the U.S. is removing its troops from Afghanistan and gradually disengaging from Central Asia. However, as the author of this article states, Washington must still uphold key relationships within the region to help them achieve the…

What Comes After the Forever Wars

Stephen M. Walt, Foreign Policy – 28 April 2021 After Joe Biden’s announcement of the withdrawal of all American troops in Afghanistan, this article on Foreign Policy by Stephen M. Walt discusses why simply ending the war is not enough, and the importance of reflection in ensuring the U.S. develops effective foreign policy within Asia…

Afghanistan faces a brain drain as young and educated flee a wave of violence

Ben Farmer and Ezzatullah Mehrdad, The Telegraph – 14 February 2021 According to this article in The Telegraph, there is a growing feeling among Afghanistan’s educated youth that hopes of rebuilding their country are diminishing, and that any hope of a bright future now lies abroad. Read the full article here to find out why Afghanistan could…

In One Afghan District, Peace From 8 A.M. to 5 P.M.

Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Taimoor Shah and Fahim Abed, The New York Times – 8 March 2021 During the day in Panjwai, Afghanistan, you’d be forgiven for thinking the war had ended. An unofficial ceasefire, this is an example of how small communities, exhausted from violence, can govern the fighting without foreign intervention or reliance on government. This article in…

Biden’s Afghanistan plan: It’s now or never

Kriti M. Shah, Observer Research Foundation – 10 March 2021 In this article on ORF, Kriti M. Shah outlines the Biden administration’s four-point plan to its peaceful withdrawal of all American troops from Afghanistan. Shah states that whilst the plan is careful of the progress the U.S. has made on peace in the country, the…