Results of the First Round of Talks Between the USA and the Taliban
January 2019 saw the conclusion of the first round of talks between the USA and the Taliban, which took place in Qatar. The Afghan Taliban and the official representatives of the USA reached preliminary agreement on three key issues: – the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan within 18 months; – an exchange of prisoners; […]
Will Washington be able to Cloak and Dagger its Way to Total Control over Afghanistan?
It doesn’t take a genius to realize that Washington’s operation in Afghanistan has come to a screeching halt. Seventeen years after the initial invasion, the Pentagon has no means of pacifying the local population or establishing a stable government. Over the last two decades there has been a lot of events on the international stage, […]
Abusive and Disastrous: The Two Adjectives of America’s Failed Afghan Mission
The US is considering to pull about half of its current fighting force out of Afghanistan in order to pave the way for an eventual withdrawal. The RAND corporation has even prepared a peace-plan, which it shared with diplomats in Kabul, according to which, apart from other things, a phased but full US withdrawal would […]
Can China Pacify Afghanistan?
As it’s been confined to the world by the CNN, Donald Trump is planning to announce withdrawal of up to 7,000 American servicemen from Afghanistan this month. As of now, there’s more that 14 thousand men stationed by Washington in this war-ravaged country, so bringing a half of them back is no small task for […]
Is there a Way Out of the Afghan Deadlock?
Afghanistan has always been of particular interest to world powers and they would most certainly try to conquer it. But not for the sake of earning bragging rights, but to secure control over a bridgehead connecting the countries of Central and South Asia. It is for this reason that over the past few decades, Afghanistan […]
Afghanistan: Negotiations or a US Military Defeat?
While the Trump administration may think otherwise and even take the credit for initiating dialogue with the Taliban on an unprecedented level with a view to pulling the US out of Afghanistan, there can hardly be any doubt that negotiations, after 17 years of continuous war, are nothing short of an uncomfortable acceptance of their […]
Military-technical Cooperation between Russia and Afghanistan: History and Future Prospects
For several decades now, a civil war has been raging in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, which is rife with terrorism. This breeding ground of instability threatens Central Asia, South Asia, and indirectly all the Eurasian nations. Russia is among nations that have demonstrated a great deal of commitment to bringing peace and rule of […]
Moscow Initiative Compliments the Afghan-Led Peace Process
On November 9, 2018, Russia hosted the first round of Moscow initiative to resolve the Afghan conundrum, signifying its ever increasing interest in the country that has evolved, over the last 17 years, from a hot-bed of conflict between the US and the Taliban, including Al-Qaeda, to a strategic stalemate between the US and the […]
Central Asian Power Industry to Support Afghan Economy
The power generating sector plays a crucial role in re-establishing peace and stability in the territory of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. No modern nation can hope for rapid and stable development when facing energy shortages. And this is especially true for war-torn Afghanistan. International armed forces are waging a war against terrorists who occupy […]
Is there Any Sort of Peaceful Future for Afghanistan?
In early October, the world commemorated the 17th anniversary of the American invasion of Afghanistan. As it’s been pointed out by the Hill, it’s been a tragic failure from the get-go, but for reasons few people understand. Those countries that sent their troops in the early 2000s to Afghanistan to destroy hotbeds of terrorism, exile […]
How was Washington Planning to Prevail in Afghanistan, Anyhow?
Just the other day, US National Security Adviser John Bolton told Reuters that Russia got itself “stuck” in Syria. At the same time, this prominent Western war hawk deliberately omitted the fact that Russia’s armed forces entered into the Syrian conflict only in September 2015, fulfilling the invitation issued by the legitimate Syrian government mired in fighting the most powerful terrorist group in existence, the so-called “Islamic State in Iraq […]
Why the United States Will Not Leave Afghanistan Voluntarily
In 2013 Tom Engelhardt wrote, referring to the United States presence in Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen, where at eight United States air strikes had killed almost 300 wedding guests: “we have become a nation of wedding crashers, the uninvited guests who arrived under false pretenses, tore up the place, offered nary and apology, and refused […]