Foreign Policy

The growing incredulity between the U.S. and the Afghan government

  A few days ago on 23rd Hoot, 1397 [Solar year] in Washington, Hamdullah Mohib, national security advisor strongly criticized Zalmai Khalilzad, U.S. special representative for Afghanistan. He blamed Khalilzad for bypassing Afghan government in the peace process for his interests. However, the U.S. Department of State called such statements destructive for Kabul-Washington links and […]

Iran-Taliban Relations: Iran’s objectives

  Afghanistan’s Neighbor country; Iran is repeatedly reported by media to have relations with the Taliban. Although Iran in the past has always refused to have links with the Taliban. Recently Tehran has proclaimed that a delegation of Taliban has visited the country and had a discussion on how to end the current war in […]

NUG’s Foreign Policy; Achievements and Shortcomings

  It is almost four years that the National Unity Government (NUG) became established having President Ghani as its leader; however, the country was faced security and political instability and economic challenges in this period. By the way, the foreign policy was a field where the NUG had both successes and anticlimaxes.  Overall, the Afghan […]

Kabul-Islamabad Ties after Election of Imran Khan

  After Imran Khan took office as Pakistani Prime Minister (PM) and the establishment of a new government there, Pakistani Foreign Minister, Shah Mehmood Quraishi was the first high-level Pakistani official of the new administration to visit Kabul.        In his visit to Kabul, Quraishi met Afghan President as well as the Chief Executive and other […]

Afghan-Pak Ties; New Efforts of Trust-Building

  The ties between Afghanistan and Pakistan are, once again, on verge of trust-building and improvement after mistrustfulness and ups and downs during the term of the National Unity Government (NUG).  In recent months, the foreign ministries of both countries have initiated a joint program under the banner of “Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and […]

Sino-Afghan Strategic Friendship and its Impacts on the Region

  By Hekmatullah Zaland / CSRS China is the country in the region that has not got imperialistic goals in other country and hence, generally, it has maintained friendly ties with the regional countries. Since last several years and especially after 2014 as a large portion of the foreign forces withdrew Afghanistan, China has increased […]

Will Kabul-Islamabad Ties Ameliorate?

  By Hekmatullah Zaland / CSRS In recent years and after the formation of National Unity Government (NUG), tensions between Kabul and Islamabad raised after the Afghan side urged Pakistan to take practical steps towards its commitments to this country. Relations between the two countries have become tensed in this period, which has even led […]

The Course of Afghan-Turk Friendship

  By Hekmatullah Zaland / CSRS The best description of Afghanistan and Turkey ties was given by prominent Turkish politician Ahmet Davutoğlu who called it “Exemplary”  and said that even if the two countries do not “border”, but are close.    Turkey and Afghanistan have a long history of bilateral relations that are remained friendly […]

Afghanistan and the cold war between Russia and USA

  Iran and Russia are the two countries whose relation with Taliban is debatable. The last statement of commander of NATO force about the Russia’s cooperation with Taliban was a vast controversy. Russian embassy in Kabul refused John Nicolson commander of NATO forces’ claim and analyzed this statement as a trick of putting the responsibilities […]

The tenuous Pak-Afghan ties and its impacts on transit and trade

  For the first time last year, the Afghan and Pakistani military engaged in armed conflict at Turkham border, something that indicates the tenuous relations between the two countries in the past seven decades. Overall, relations between the two countries have witnessed many ups and downs; nevertheless, during the National Unity Government in Afghanistan, these […]

A review of the bilateral ties between Afghanistan and Indonesia

  The Indonesian President Joko Widodo, along with a high ranking Indonesian officials visited Kabul last week. In his meetings with the Afghan officials, the Indonesian President discussed about expanding and strengthening the relations between the two countries. In a joint conference with the Afghan President, President Widodo said that in addition to the peace […]

The Regional Geopolitical Developments and Afghanistan

  Since the past several years, the geopolitical situation of the region is changing and once again the countries in the region are being divided into two blocs, the same as during the Cold War. Hence, among the great powers of the world, war and rivalry is continuing in our region. Afghanistan is directly impacted […]

A glimpse into the situation of the country in 2017

  2017 was a year full of challenges and problems for Afghanistan. The political disagreements were reached its highest levels compared to the past 16 years. The security situation in the country was also deteriorated and this years was the bloodiest compared to the past one and half decade. Based on the recent report of […]

Chinese mediation in the Afghan-Pak relations

  A trilateral meeting between the foreign ministers of Afghanistan, Pakistan and China was held in Beijing on 26 December 2017. The Afghan Minister of Foreign Affairs Sallahuddin Rabbani, the Pakistani Minister of Foreign Affairs Khawaja Mohammad Asif and the Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi had participated in this gathering. This meeting was […]