Foreign Policy

The Durand Line and its impact on Pak-Afghan ties

  While Pakistan’s move to construct a border wall across the imaginary Durand Line was highly opposed in Afghanistan, Recently the British Ambassador to Afghanistan Nicholas Kay has said that “From the British and International Community’s point of view, the Durand line is the official border between Afghanistan and Pakistan and Pakistan reserves the right […]

The Chabahar port and its impacts on the regional transit trade

  India started exporting wheat to Afghanistan through Iran last week, and on 29 Oct 2017 the Afghan and Indian Ministers of Foreign Affairs officially inaugurated trade through this port. This is the first time that India sends food stuff through Iran instead of Pakistan. Before this Pakistan had allowed India to do so only […]

The UN and the peace process in Afghanistan

  Kairat Umarov, head of the sanctions committee of the Security Council of the UN and his fellow delegation visited Kabul on 29 Oct 2017 and discussed the issue of peace and security in his meetings with the Afghan President, Chief Executive and other government officials. According to the Deputy Spokesperson of the Afghan President, […]

The growing distrust in Afghan-Russian ties

  During his speech in Paktia province, the Afghan President for the first time officially accused Russia of supporting the Taliban and said that “The Taliban are receiving assistance from those who have spilled the blood of one and half million Afghans.” Although President Ghani did not mention any country, but it was obvious that […]

Kabul-Delhi ties and the increasing pressures on Islamabad

  The Afghan President went to India on a one-day trip last week and met the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind, the Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, and some other senior Indian officials. This trip coincided with the US Secretary of States Rex Tillerson’s trip to Kabul, Islamabad, […]

The US-India partnership and its impacts on the region

  The Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah along with 200 Afghan traders, civil activists, journalists and government officials traveled to India and met the Indian Prime Minister and other high-ranking Indian officials. The Afghan Chief Executive signed the agreement of training the Afghan police with the Indian officials. Moreover, the two sides also signed an […]

The situation in Afghanistan in the past three years of the NUG

                                                                                                                                                            Three years ago after a controversial election, the Then-US Secretary of State John Kerry came to Afghanistan and brokered a deal between the two leading candidates according to which the two sides agreed to split power by 50-50 among themselves and Ashraf Ghani was announced as the Afghan President and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah as […]

President Ghani’s trip to the US and Kabul-Washington ties

  After the inauguration of Asian Games, the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani traveled to the US as head of a high-ranking Afghan delegation. In this trip, President Ghani delivered his speech in the UN General Assembly and met the high-ranking representatives of many countries including the US President. After the formation of the new administration […]

Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan

  Since two weeks, Saudi Arabia has commented on Afghanistan twice. First, while condemning the attack on the Iraqi Embassy in Kabul, Riyadh vowed to cooperate with the Afghan government to eliminate “terrorism”. [1] Later the Saudi Charge d’affairs in Afghanistan Mishari al-Harbi said during an interview with the BBC that the Taliban is a […]

The Afghan waters and Iran’s concerns

  In the inauguration ceremony of the “International Conference of confrontation with dusty environment; the challenges and solutions”, which was held in Tehran on 4 and 5 July 2017, the Iranian President Hassan Ruhani criticized the construction of water dams in Afghanistan and said that Iran could not, any longer, be silent against the construction […]

The Chinese mediation in tensed Afghan-Pak ties

  Since a month,  at the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Conference, President Ghani in his meeting with the Chinese President showed eagerness to organize a trilateral meeting between Afghanistan, Pakistan, and China. Later, the Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs traveled to Kabul on 24 June 2017 to discuss China’s involvement in improving relations between […]

Pakistan and China: Don’t Fear Chabahar Port

  A closer look at what Iran’s Chabahar port deal with India and Afghanistan really means for China and Pakistan’s CPEC. By Ahmad Bilal Khalil    Recently, on the sidelines of the sixth Heart of Asia Conference-Istanbul Process in Amritsar, India, Afghanistan and India planned to start air cargo transportation over Pakistan. The move will help greatly in exporting […]

The 17th SCO summit and its impacts on Afghanistan

  Astana, the Kazakhstani capital, hosted the summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) leaders on 8 and 9 June 2017. The Afghan president Ashraf Ghani had also participated in this meeting. Besides delivering his speech in the summit, the Afghan President met the Presidents of China, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, as well as the Prime Ministers of […]