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POLITICS

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Taliban, Donald Trump, Ashraf Ghani, September 11

18 years after 9/11: Why US troops are still stuck in Afghanistan

The US-Taliban deal is off the table. With elections round the corner, violence is likely to intensify in Afghanistan.

POLITICS

 |  Musings from afar  |  5-minute read
Troop reduction, Donald Trump, Pakistan, India

Where India and Pakistan fit in the great Afghanistan game

As the US once again revisits its policy options, New Delhi should be prepared to fight its own battles.

POLITICS

 |  Letter from Kabul  |  4-minute read
NATO, Taliban, Ashraf Ghani, Donald Trump

Between hope and barbarism: Donald Trump's announcement of troop withdrawal has left Afghanistan on a knife-edge

There is dismay in international capitals, and in Kabul too. Too much blood, sweat and tears have been shed to give up on the Afghanistan dream now.

POLITICS

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Pakistan, Narendra Modi, Ashraf Ghani, India-Afghanistan ties

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s visit: Kabul wants more from India, but will New Delhi take risks?

The sentiment has been 'Kabul, Delhi bhai bhai'. But Afghanistan, which is still supporting the 'good Taliban', wants Delhi to show it more love. India needs to tread a cautious path at this time.

POLITICS

 |  Musings from afar  |  5-minute read
Ashraf Ghani, Taliban, Afghanistan, Foreign policy

Why India's Afghanistan challenges are only growing

Taliban and ISIS are competing with each other and, in the process, the level of destruction and mayhem is reaching the extreme.

POLITICS

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Ashraf Ghani, Taliban, Terror, Pakistan-Afghanistan

Pak-sponsored terror in Afghanistan: Why India has to stay alert

Islamabad has always been wary of New Delhi's growing friendship with Kabul.

POLITICS

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Pakistan Policy, Ashraf Ghani, Heart of Asia

Heart of Asia: Ashraf Ghani echoed Afghanistan's anger at Pakistan, not Modi’s

Afghan president and PM have brought back the bonhomie that Hamid Karzai and Manmohan Singh shared.

POLITICS

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Pakistan, Ashraf Ghani, Afghanistan, Heart of Asia

Is Afghanistan descending into era of civil war again?

Amidst rising unemployment and deteriorating security, Heart of Asia conference holds great significance for Kabul.

POLITICS

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Ashraf Ghani, India-Pakistan Relations, Afghanistan

Why Pakistan is a dangerous bet to talk peace with

The Afghan President Ghani's frustration with the neighbour, despite him buying into its terms for peace, is evident.

POLITICS

 |  Musings from afar  |  4-minute read
India-Afghanistan ties, Modi government, Ashraf Ghani

Ghani visit: Modi needs to tell Afghan prez he's not a softie

The government can use the opportunity to underline its role in the unfolding strategic dynamics in the region, which is growing closer to Beijing.