Archive for the ‘Afghanistan’ Category

‘Digital Silk Road’ On Track As Afghanistan and Turkmenistan Connect

Via Ariana News Afghanistan, a report on the Digital Silk Road: Thursday marked another milestone in Afghanistan’s modern history when President Ashraf Ghani inaugurated the new fiber optic connection between Turkmenistan and the commercial port of Aqina in Afghanistan’s Faryab province. Within four months of having signed the memorandum of understanding with government the Afghan […]

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Turkmenistan, Afghanistan Open New Rail and Power Links

Via The Frontier Post, an article on new rail and power links between Turkmenistan and Afghanistan: Turkmenistan and Afghanistan have inaugurated new transport, power and communications links, Turkmenistan said Thursday, as the ex-Soviet republic touts its role rebuilding Afghanistan’s conflict-torn economy. A trio of Turkmen foreign ministry statements said Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Turkmen leader Gurbanguly […]

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Winter Energy Woes Bedevil Central Asia

Via The Diplomat, a look at how Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan have all suffered in recent months from shortages and blackouts, leaving their citizens to experience cold nights and darkened lights: As the new year was just beginning, the lights went dark in Kabul. Afghan media reported last week that in one 24 hour period late in the […]

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Iran’s Railway Ambitions Stretch Beyond Afghanistan

Via The Frontier Post, a report on Iran’s railway ambitions: The first train departs Khaf’s rail station in Iran during the inauguration of the Herat-Khaf railway operations connecting Iran and Afghanistan. via Reuters The first railway between Iran and Afghanistan was launched in December 2020, linking the Iranian northeastern city of Khaf to Afghanistan’s western city of […]

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The Source of The Taliban’s Money

Via The Conversation, a report on where the Taliban get their money: The Taliban militants of Afghanistan have grown richer and more powerful since their fundamentalist Islamic regime was toppled by U.S. forces in 2001. In the fiscal year that ended in March 2020, the Taliban reportedly brought in US$1.6 billion, according to Mullah Yaqoob, son of […]

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China and Afghanistan In A Belt & Road Context

Via Asia Power Watch, an article on China’s economic influence in Afghanistan in a Belt & Road context: As the historic intra-Afghan negotiations continue and the withdrawal of US troops is now in sight, there are plausible concerns about the future of Afghanistan, especially about China’s willingness to expand and consolidate its engagement in the country. […]

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