Archive for the ‘Afghanistan’ Category

China’s Belt and Road Initiative and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Key Roles To Play In Afghanistan’s Future

Via Silk Road Briefing, a look at how China’s Belt and Road Initiative and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization have a role to play in Afghanistan’s future: The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation has just held its Council of Foreign Ministers this week in Dushanbe, Tajikistan to discuss the current situation in Afghanistan. “A thorough exchange of views […]

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China’s Belt and Road Won’t Readily Reach Afghanistan

Via Asia Times, a look at Beijing’s hope to connect a Taliban-led Afghanistan with neighboring Pakistan overlooks rising and lethal resistance to the scheme: When suspected militants killed nine Chinese nationals in a blast that sent a bus plunging into a high mountain ravine in northern Pakistan, it marked the latest in a rising string of […]

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Can Afghanistan Be Part of An Integrated Central Asia?

Via National Interest, a look at how a more integrated and cohesive Central Asia that includes Afghanistan will bring do more than anything else in sight to make Afghanistan stable and predictable: For many in the West and worldwide, the five countries of Central Asia remain a mystery, and their role in world affairs unknown. Yet […]

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Taliban Find New Revenues as They Seize Afghanistan’s U.S.-Built Border Gateway

Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal, an article on Taliban moves to take over border crossings to collect tax revenues: The Taliban have gained a lucrative new source of income, taking over the main trade gateway into Tajikistan, and beginning to collect customs revenues, as some of Afghanistan’s neighbors tacitly cooperate with the insurgent group. […]

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The Afghanistan Belt And Road: China’s Opportunity Or Black Hole?

Via Silk Road Briefing, an article on the potential for China to help Afghanistan connect Central and South Asia: Afghanistan has been much in the news recently as US and NATO soldiers pull out of a war they have been engaged in for 20 years. With the last US military aircraft leaving the strategic Bagram airfield […]

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Kabul New City: Afghanistan’s Forgotten Development Dream

Via The Diplomat, a look at a planned Afghanistan mega-project that was put on hold under the previous government and, which if not kickstarted soon, Kabul city could be left uninhabitable: Kabul New City (KNC) was intended to be home for 3 million by 2040, one and a half times larger than the existing Afghan capital. […]

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