Archive for the ‘Afghanistan’ Category

Afghanistan’s “Sneakernet”

Via New York Magazine, an interesting look at Afghanistan’s offline marketplace of digital content — the “Sneakernet”: At a dusty street market in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Aziz is shopping for digital files: games, music, videos, ghazals (recitations of love poetry), and naat (anthems praising the Prophet Muhammad), to add to his already extensive mobile entertainment collection. When he makes […]

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Copper, Gold Deals in Afghanistan

Via The Wall Street Journal, a report on Afghanistan’s renewed efforts to start exploration in stalled mining projects: The Trump administration’s push to help extract Afghanistan’s vast mineral wealth has helped relaunch two stalled mining projects in the country involving a high-profile investment banker. Ian Hannam, a former JPMorgan Chase & Co. banker who served for decades in […]

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China To Join Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India Pipeline?

Via Silk Road Briefing, an interesting look at the possibility of China joining the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India Pipeline: China has expressed interest in joining the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project, by building a link from Pakistan to China. This could act as alternative to Chinese plans to build a fourth China-to-Turkmenistan pipeline. The China-to-Turkmenistan line has to cross […]

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Afghanistan: Recovering from the Brink of Economic Collapse?

Via National Interest, a look at Afghanistan’s economic situation: As recently as four years ago, Afghanistan’s war economy was on the brink of collapse when unemployment soared following the departure of thousands of American and foreign forces that had, in effect, created a parallel economy. At the time, the Afghan government had no functioning fiscal […]

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Central Asia Opens the Door to Afghanistan

Via The Diplomat, a report on Central Asia’s efforts to actively engage Afghanistan on several fronts: The Central Asia states are redrawing the boundary of their region, so the cartographers will have to run to keep up. “Central Asia” as a defined place of states and borders is a recent idea, dating to the immediate post-Soviet […]

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TAPI’ng Out: Iran Ready To Swap Turkmenistan Gas For Delivery To Pakistan

Via The Times of Central Asia, a report on Iran’s skepticism about TAPI: Iran’s deputy petroleum minister expressed doubts about the probability of completion of Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India (TAPI) gas pipeline and said his country is ready to swap Turkmenistan’s gas destined for Pakistan, Iran’s IRNA news agency reported on April 29. Hamidreza Araqi said that Iran is the […]

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