Archive for the ‘Afghanistan’ Category

Afghanistan’s Mineral Resources: Lost Opportunity and Threat

Via The Diplomat, a report on Afghanistan’s mineral resources: Torn by four decades of war and desperate poverty, Afghanistan is believed to be sitting on one of the richest troves of minerals in the world. The value of these resources has been roughly estimated between $1-3 trillion. Afghanistan has vast reserves of gold, platinum, silver, […]

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Afghan Transit Cargo: Game Changer For Gwadar Port

Via Lowy Interpreter, commentary on how Gwadar – the Chinese-run port in Pakistan – may have found a path to success: On a sunny Tuesday in the third week of January, a cargo ship named Diyala docked at Gwadar seaport, in south-west Pakistan. The enthusiastic port staff quickly unloaded the cargo. When the unloading was finished, Chinese […]

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China’s Economic Stabilization Efforts in Afghanistan

Via The Middle East Institute, a look at China’s economic engagement with Afghanistan: Economic development as a key to a country’s stabilization has been one of the cardinal principles guiding China’s international engagement. In December 2019, during his first public appearance as a Chinese representative for European affairs, Wu Hongbo outlined the Chinese perception of […]

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More TAPI Delays, This Time in Afghanistan

Via The Diplomat, an article on how TAPI’s “progress” remains slow across Afghanistan: Not that the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline needs any more delays, but Afghan officials say laws on land acquisition for the project as it crosses Afghanistan have not been signed, meaning the project’s timeline remains as foggy as ever. According to a TOLO News report, the […]

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Chinese-Built Pakistani Port Begins Handling Afghan Transit Trade

Via VoA News, a report on the newly opened Gwadar port: Pakistan’s newly opened southwestern Gwadar seaport has begun handling transit cargo headed to and from landlocked Afghanistan, marking a significant outcome of Islamabad’s multi-billion-dollar collaboration with China.   Officials said the first ship full of Afghan cargo containers reached Gwadar on Tuesday. The containers […]

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Could A Peaceful Afghanistan Be An Economic Powerhouse?

Via The Conversation, an article on Afghanistan’s economic potential Peace talks have resumed between the United States and the Taliban of Afghanistan, three months after negotiations ended abruptly following a deadly Taliban attack in Kabul. The Taliban – an armed insurgency promoting an ultra-conservative form of Sunni Islam – has battled the Afghan government for power for three decades. Since the U.S. invasion of […]

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