Chaotic week after US-Taliban deal leaves Afghans' fate unclear - AFP

Sunday, March 8, 2020

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A US-Taliban deal that was supposed to kickstart peace talks between the insurgents and the Kabul government is looking flimsier by the day, with fighting raging across Afghanistan and no one sure about what comes next. The loosely worded, four-page...

US races for Taliban deal but Afghan peace further away - AFP

Friday, July 5, 2019

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After nearly two decades in Afghanistan, the United States is racing to reach an agreement with the Taliban within two months but a broader peace deal for the war-ravaged country looks far more elusive. President Donald Trump, in a rare position...

China's Silk Road Belt Outpaces Russia's Economic Union - The Diplomat

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

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Most importantly, perhaps, the Chinese initiative signals China’s rise and a commitment to lasting future engagement with the region. Meanwhile, Cooley said, the “New Silk Road for the U.S. is associated with a legacy of regional withdrawal.” Another speaker, Scott Smith of the U.S. Institute of Peace, was just as critical of the New Silk Road policy, saying that it “is a vision that sometimes masquerades as a policy.”

Gen. Nicholson's task in Afghanistan - The Hill (blog)

Thursday, February 18, 2016

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The most interesting revelation during the confirmation hearings of Army Lt. Gen. John Nicholson, who was nominated as the next commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, was the revelation by Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) that Nicholson's great-great-uncle was British Lt. Gen. John Nicholson, who had participated in the First Anglo-Afghan War (1839 to 1842) and been held captive in Ghazni.

Afghanistan's bubble of optimism bursts - The Hill (blog)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

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Short term economic measures to provide some stimulus, such as those suggested by our U.S. Institute of Peace colleague Bill Byrd can also be negotiated with donors. The weak economy is one of this government's great vulnerabilities, ...   

What do Afghans think about the Islamic State? - PBS NewsHour

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

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“Psychologically, ISIS (another name for Islamic State) has invaded the minds of the people,” said Scott Smith, director of the U.S. Institute of Peace's Afghanistan and Central Asia program. According to The Asia Foundation's 2015 survey on ...  

US failure in Iraq looms over Afghanistan - Deutsche Welle

Friday, October 16, 2015

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... is leaving the door open for the next commander-in-chief to have the option of maintaining troops, removing troops, doing what he or she sees fit," said Scott Smith, director of the Afghanistan and Central Asia program at the United States ...