Archive for the ‘Afghanistan’ Category

Can Afghanistan’s Underground “Sneakernet” Survive the Taliban?

Via MIT’s Technology Review, an article on how a once-thriving network of merchants selling digital content to people without internet connections is struggling under Taliban rule: When Afghanistan fell to the Taliban in August, Mohammad Yasin had to make some difficult decisions very quickly. As the country reeled from the shock of the insurgent takeover, […]

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Afghan Economy Nears Collapse as Pressure Builds to Ease U.S. Sanctions

Courtesy of the New York Times, a report on how Afghanistan’s economy has crashed since the Taliban seized power, plunging the country into one of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis: Racing down the cratered highways at dawn, Mohammad Rasool knew his 9-year-old daughter was running out of time. She had been battling pneumonia for two weeks […]

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Will China Save The Afghan Economy?

Via The Middle East Institute, a report on Afghanistan’s future economic possibilities and China’s role therein: Afghanistan’s economy is collapsing. The Taliban’s forceful seizure of power led to a curtailment of almost all foreign aid, a devastating development for a nation overwhelmingly dependent on international assistance. Widespread drought, pervasive corruption, the perennially inadequate use of […]

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TAPI, Turkmenistan, and the Taliban

Via The Diplomat, an article on how the Taliban’s rise to power in Afghanistan doesn’t materially affect the dim prospects that TAPI will be built any time soon: Over the weekend, a Turkmen delegation passed through Kabul for meetings with the Taliban government. At the top of the agenda were Turkmenistan’s pipe dreams: The Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-India-Pakistan (TAPI) gas […]

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Uzbekistan To Discuss Construction of Trans-Afghan Railway With Taliban

Via The Frontier Post, an article on the exploration of trans-Afghan railway: Uzbekistan and the Taliban movement (recognized as terrorist and banned in many countries) will soon hold talks in the Uzbek city of Termez on the construction of the Termez-Mazar-i-Sharif-Kabul-Peshawar railway. This was reported by the press service of the Uzbek Foreign Ministry following […]

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Afghanistan: No Treasure Trove For China

Via Foreign Policy, an article on Afghanistan’s mineral reserves: In the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, a popular narrative has emerged that paints the war-torn country as a geopolitical prize ripe for China to take. According to this logic, Beijing is greedily eying Afghanistan’s vast mineral wealth, and Chinese policymakers are chomping at […]

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