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Militarisation Of aid – Farooq Sulehria

Since 9/11, the so-called international community has pledged $90 billion for Afghanistan’s reconstruction (2002-13). While only $69 billion was committed, only $57...

Moving Out Of Af-Pak

TOMORROW Pal(istan`s prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, will meet President Barack Obama in Washington, to signal Islamabad`s renewed interest in a broad-based relationship...

Zero Option Kabul

The war in Afghanistan isn’t ending, it’s just changing gears, and much like the Chinese curse, 2014 is shaping up to be a very interesting year. On the one hand,...

The Afghan President

No other topic is of interest for Kabul’s chattering classes these days than the upcoming presidential election. The making and breaking of political and electoral...

The Real Kabul

Torkham is a fascinating place. Two striking features capture my attention every time I cross the Durand Line. First, the sheer artificiality and endurance of borders...

The Times That Await US

The seeds that we have sown, and some scattered by the howling winds. What will come of this? Of what shape the future when another foreign army, drinking from the cup...

Afghan War: End Or Beginning?

Fast-track efforts are on for the resolution of the conflict that has ravaged Afghanistan for the last so many years. Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai, the US...

Once Upon A Time

The dysfunctional state of Pakistan and criminal apathy of its governing organs was starkly revealed yet again on February 16, when the peaceful Hazara community in...

Peace By Piece

Despite its diplomatic pageantry the tripartite summit held at Chequers last week between the leaders of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Britain hardly broke any new ground....

Before Disaster Strikes

Another high-profile, low-output meeting on Afghanistan has been held. On February 3-4 Prime Minister David Cameron met the presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan at...

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