Imran Khan’s Tryst With Afghanistan - India Press Agency

Monday, August 13, 2018

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Incorrigible optimists in Pakistan, albeit very few in numbers, are disappointed with the US decision to suspend military and educational training of 66 Pakistani officers under the ‘International Military Education and Training program’, thanks to the obstinacy of President Donald Trump. This is the first awkward bouncer to new Prime Minister Imran Khan Niazi in the foreign policy arena as if reminding that his glorious cricketing career is irrelevant...

Taliban’s political stature rises with talks in Uzbekistan - Associated Press

Sunday, August 12, 2018

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In a rare diplomatic foray and the strongest sign yet of increasing Taliban political clout in the region, the head of the insurgents’ political office led a delegation to Uzbekistan to meet senior Foreign Ministry officials there, Uzbek and Taliban officials said. Taliban political chief Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai represented the insurgents in the four-day talks that ended on Friday and included meetings with Uzbekistan’s Foreign Minister...

Brazen Taliban attack raises pressure on Afghan forces - Associated Press

Friday, August 10, 2018

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A brazen and bloody overnight assault Friday by the Taliban on a key provincial capital in central Afghanistan has increased pressure on U.S.-backed Afghan forces that are withering under relentless attacks, prompting President Ashraf Ghani to call an emergency meeting of his security officials. While government security forces in the city of Ghazni repulsed the multipronged attack with the help of U.S. air support, Taliban insurgents remained...

South Sudan: Juba residents jubilant over new peace deal - Al Jazeera

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

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Thousands of residents of South Sudan's capital Juba have been celebrating a peace deal struck between President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar, which rekindles hope that the guns will stop firing. The second power-sharing agreement deal was signed on Sunday in Khartoum...

How will Imran Khan govern? - Economist

Friday, August 3, 2018

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A weekafter a general election rocked by suspicions of fraud, the dust is beginning to settle. It looks all but certain that Imran Khan, a former captain of Pakistan’s cricket team, will be sworn in as the country’s next prime minister. His party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), will dominate...

Why some experts are cautiously optimistic about peace talks with the Taliban - Vox

Friday, August 3, 2018

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The United States has restarted conversations with the Taliban, the hardline Islamist group that America and NATO set out to dislodge more than 16 years ago. It’s part of the Trump administration’s effort to end America’s longest war, which has killed around 2,400 Americans and...

Inside the Secret Taliban Talks to End America’s Longest War - Daily Beast

Thursday, August 2, 2018

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If the United States’ longest foreign war actually draws to a negotiated close, a significant amount of credit will go to a former U.S. Army colonel and a former senior U.S. diplomat. In November, Chris Kolenda and Robin Raphel boarded a plane to Doha, Qatar, for a conversation...

Will Riyadh-Tehran rivalry kill Iraqi Kurdistan's investment drive? - Al-Monitor

Thursday, August 2, 2018

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Iraqi Kurdistan, facing an acute financial crisis, has a newfound opportunity to attract desperately needed foreign investment from Saudi Arabia, but regional tensions between Tehran and Riyadh could hamper its efforts. A large Saudi trade delegation led by Sami Bin Abdullah al-Obeidi...

South Sudan’s peace process is broken - The Hill

Thursday, August 2, 2018

By: Aly Verjee

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As the world’s newest nation collapses, the internationally-backed peace process risks making a bad situation worse. In its short, sad history as an independent country, South Sudan has known more years of war than peace. In the fight for independence, millions of lives were lost...