Archive for the ‘Afghanistan’ Category

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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Uzbekistan Agrees to ‘Take Part’ in TAPI

Via The Diplomat, a report that Uzbekistan is Uzbekistan has reportedly agreed to participate in the massive Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline. The news comes as Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov paid a visit to Tashkent on Monday. As the visit began, RFE/RL reported that sources had indicated TAPI was on the agenda, followed by Reutersreporting that Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev […]

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Afghanistan’s Economic Struggle

Via The Diplomat, a look at Afghanistan’s struggle to jump-start economic growth while political uncertainty is perhaps at its height: Afghanistan experienced remarkable economic growth for about 10 years leading up to 2012. Average economic growth was recorded at 9.4 percent annually in the period from 2003 to 2012. Per capita income increased more than […]

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China Needs A Win In Afghanistan To Keep Its Edge In Asian Trade

Via Forbes, a look at China’s investment interest in Afghanistan: China wants to help build infrastructure in poor, war-weary Afghanistan to further its regional economic expansion. Chinese economic relations with Pakistan offer a textbook case for what Beijing wants from other countries. The pair with a 523-kilometer (324-mile) long mountainous border hit it off in […]

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