The Devil’s Advocate

By: Harris Ali Akakhail. Views of policymakers in the U.S, Afghanistan, and other regions about the current situation in Afghanistan and the predictions they envisage for Afghanistan in the case U.S forces exit the country, are precisely apparent. However, there is a lack of research to understand the views of...

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The Inverse Theory

By: Harriss Ali Akakhail The momentousness of the ongoing talks between the U.S’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, and the political chief of Taliban’s Qatar office, Sheer Abbass Stanikzai, have signaled that an appreciable outcome in regards to a permanent peace settlement in Afghanistan is in the offing....

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The Art of Diplomacy

By Harris Ali Akakhail US President’s Special Representative for Afghan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad had a prolonged visit of the Asian region, recently, and ended it up at a high note by having marathon sessions with the Taliban’s political office at Doha, Qatar. In all his previous and the latest trips,...

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Why Exit Afghanistan

By Harriss Ali Akakhail After 17 years roving into Afghanistan, USA now seems to be inclined for a graceful exit. US President Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Mr Zalmay Khalilzad, is presently having a fourth tour of the region and meeting almost all stakeholders to amicably solve the matrix of...

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From Detachment To Solo Flight

By Harriss Ali Akakhail When Ashraf Ghanni took over as president of Afghanistan in 2014, he made sure to fix economic woes of his country first and detach it from Pakistan, once and for all for a solo flight. As till then, Afghan economy was totally dependent on Pakistan. Meanwhile,...

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Pakhtun Nationalism: A Brief Sketch

By Juma Khan Sufi Before going straight on the subject, let me remind that Afghanistan had been once part and parcel of greater Iran and Pakistan until very recently to the mid of 20th Century was part of subcontinent.  The twentieth century was an era of national liberation movements in...

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So-Called Durand Line: Myth and Reality

Juma Khan Sufi All the hate and aversion inherent in Afghanistan vis-a-vis Pakistan stem from this issue. But let us examine it from the legal and historical perspective: There is wealth of literature surrounding this issue in Afghanistan obfuscating minds of the people, especially of Pashtoons.  This has created chasm...

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