Foreign Policy

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 […]

Can the “Kabul Process” pave the way for peace?

  Despite the bloody security incidents and deep internal political divisions, the “Kabul Process” was held in Kabul last week. The representatives of several international entities and more than 23 countries including Pakistan, Iran, the US, and the UK had participated in this conference. The responsibility for the management and implementation of the decisions made […]

Linking Afghanistan to China’s Belt and Road

  Linking Kabul to both the China-Pakistan Energy Corridor and OBOR could go a long way in bringing the region together. By Ahmad Bilal Khalil From the first day, Kabul pragmatically wished to be a part of two Chinese regional projects — the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative and the China-Pakistan Energy Corridor (CPEC). Firstly […]

The Durand Line; its background and impacts on Pak-Afghan ties

  The monthly magazine of (EP Today) has published a piece written by the Vice President of European Parliament Ryszard Czarnecki under the title of “Time to revisit the Durand Line” last week. The magazine publishes the articles written by the members of European Parliament about the issues that they regard as important at the […]

The Rise of Taliban Diplomacy

  How are the Taliban and Kabul faring in their diplomatic tug-of-war over Afghanistan’s neighbors? By Ahmad Bilal Khalil Since the formation of the Afghan National Unity Government (NUG), the Taliban and the NUG have been locked in a regional competition. The Taliban has widened its diplomatic relations with Russia, China, Iran, and some Central Asian and […]

Iran’s position in the Afghan foreign policy

  Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Jawad Zarif visited Afghanistan in an official trip on 7 May 2017 and met the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, the former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and the Afghan Minister of Foreign Affairs Sallahuddin Rabbani. The trip occurs at a time that, on the one […]

Academic debate: regional geopolitical changes and its impacts on Afghanistan

  Since the past several years, we have witnessed many geopolitical changes in the region and the world. Especially in our region, since the previous two years, it seems that, as during the cold war, the region is divided into two blocs; the difference being that this time instead of ideology, changing regional situation and […]

Tensions between Kabul and Islamabad and efforts to improve the bilateral relations

  While tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan have escalated, the Director General of Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) General Naveed Mukhtar traveled to Kabul last week in a bid to talk with Afghan officials and improve relations between the two countries. Days before Mukhtar’s visit to Kabul, two high-ranking Pakistani delegation had also arrived Afghanistan to […]

The new US administration and the future of Kabul-Washington relations

  The US Secretary of Defense General Jim Mattis in an unexpected trip visited Kabul on 24 April 2017. He said that in this voyage he aimed to assess the security situation in Afghanistan. In a joint press conference with the top NATO commander in Afghanistan General John Nicolson, Mattis said that 2017 would be […]

The Impacts of the Syrian crisis on Afghanistan

  Since the past Friday, the situation in Syria is dramatically changing. The Syrian government used Sarin chemical weapon in Khan Sheikhoun area of Adlib city which left 89 dead including 33 children. The attack sparked reactions internationally. The US, in response to this attack, launched 59 missiles on the Syrian airbase Shayrat. Many countries […]