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Fast-Paced Diplomatic Effort to Jump Start Afghanistan Peace Process

by NESA Professor Ali Jalali 15 March 2021 Amid a renewed global push to end the long conflict in Afghanistan, key regional powers show support for a US plan to accelerate regional cooperation, and invigorate intra-Afghan talks on a negotiated settlement in Afghanistan. This comes in response to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s letter Read More >

Facilitating Stability in Afghanistan

By Lt Col Farhan Ali, Pakistan Army, US Central Command: Strategy Plans and Policy Directorate; Combined Strategic Analysis Group 3 Feb 2021 Introduction: Almost 20 years in, the Afghanistan war has entered a phase where the peace dividend outweighs the potential benefits of continued conflict. Major warring parties have reached a stalemate as NATO cannot Read More >

Political Trends in Pakistan and what to expect from the Kabul-Taliban Negotiations? A Conversation with South Asia scholar Dr. Marvin Weinbaum

In the seventh segment of the NESA Interview Series, Professor Hassan Abbas interviews Dr. Marvin G. Weinbaum, who is serving as the Director of Afghanistan and Pakistan Studies at the Middle East Institute. At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he is Professor Emeritus of political science. Dr. Weinbaum also served as an analyst for Read More >

South Asia Regional Dynamics with Dr. Arshi Saleem Hashmi

  18 October 2020 – In the fourth edition of the NESA Alumni Virtual Interview Series, Fahad Malaikah hosts Dr. Arshi Saleem Hashmi for a discussion on regional dynamics in South Asia, with a focus on Pakistan. Dr. Hashmi answered a broad range of questions, including how current regional dynamics in South Asia should be Read More >

Peace Process Dynamics in Afghanistan

NESA Distinguished Professor, Minister Ali Jalali, discusses the dynamics of the peace process in Afghanistan.  He covers three main points: 1). the road-map to the peace process; 2). the obstacles to the peace process; and 3). the prospects for a political settlement on the basis of the ‘Doha deal’ between the United States and the Read More >

Peace, Taliban and Cricket in Afghanistan: A Conversation with Afghan Leader and Diplomat Dr. Omar Zakhilwal

The third installment of the NESA South Asia Interview Series is with Dr. Omar Zakhilwal hailing from Afghanistan’s Badakhshan province served as finance minister (2009-2014) under President Hamid Karzai and later was appointed as Kabul’s ambassador to Pakistan (2015-2018). He holds a PhD in economics from Carleton University in Canada and has also consulted for Read More >

Afghanistan’s Changing Dynamics of Peace and Conflict

Ali Jalali, NESA Center, discusses four issue sets that define the security environment in Afghanistan. Regional and non-regional actors hold influence in Afghan politics, the economy is in fluctuation, and internal security remains a challenge. The remarks of Jalali, the former Afghan Minister of Interior, elucidate the situation in Afghanistan right now. The views presented Read More >

It Takes Two to Tango: US and India after the Trump Visit

Dr Rupakjyoti Borah, NESA Alumnus and an Associate Professor at Sharda University, India. The United States and India are the world’s two largest democracies.  While both of them have many things in common, they drifted apart for many years during the latter half of the 20th century. Relations nosedived following India’s nuclear tests in 1998, Read More >

Podcast Interview – The State of Negotiations for Peace in Afghanistan

NESA Professor Dr. Hassan Abbas sat down with Kamran Bokhari of The Center for Global Policy (CGP) for a special, co-produced with NESA, episode of The Lodestar Podcast discussing the state of negotiations for peace in Afghanistan.   Episode Transcript Dr. Abbas, who recently wrote a Special Analysis for CGP on the subject, argues that Read More >

Pakistan and the Future of the Taliban: 10 Things to Consider

“Developing an intra-Afghan understanding is a necessary step for peacebuilding in Afghanistan, but it cannot happen with Afghanistan’s neighbors pulling the various groups in different directions. U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, had a clear mandate to cut a deal with the Taliban and, to give him his due, he pursued it with Read More >

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