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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 Edition of its podcast series, The Lodestar, to discuss the state of negotiations for peace in Afghanistan. The Lodestar Podcast Episode: “The State of Negotiations for Peace in Afghanistan” Episode Transcript Dr. Abbas, who recently 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 >

An Afghan Major General’s Strategy for Securing Afghanistan

America has been at war in Afghanistan for 17 years, but Afghanistan has been at war since the Soviet invasion in 1979. Throughout the 80s, the Communist puppet government in Kabul and its Soviet allies face a highly motivated, popular anti-Soviet mujahideen insurgency by Afghans opposed to foreign occupation and a Communist political program of Read More >

U.S. National Security Strategy 2018- English, French, Russian, Dari

President Donald Trump released his administrations U.S. National Security Strategy. See his vision here. The four main pillars of his new strategy include: Protecting the U.S. from threats. Promoting American prosperity. Preserving “peace through strength.” Advancing American influence. Take a look at his vision and further explanation of the pillars here in: English (web-link); English Read More >

If Careful, India Can Help US Efforts To Stabilize Afghanistan

Donald Trump‘s much-awaited strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia is essentially a continuation of the ad hoc strategies pursued by previous U.S. presidents for the last decade and a half — strategies that have contributed to instability in Afghanistan and the region. Read more.

Countering Violent Extremism

What Are Common Myths About CVE? 1-Extremists have some unique signs that can be Identified easily. ´Contrary to popular Perceptions, extremists can be ordinary citizens well-educated, well-off employed , have a family and  don’t suffer from poverty, marginalization, alienation or psychological disorder . ´They can blend in society and hide their convictions even from their Read More >

The American Tradition of Orderly Political Transition

In the early morning hours of Wednesday, November 9, Donald J. Trump crossed the necessary threshold of 270 electoral votes and became the President-elect of the United States of America.  At noon on Friday, 20 January 2017, Mr. Trump will take the oath administered by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on the west Read More >

Iran-Asia Energy Partnership

Few countries in the world can match Iran’s geo-economic and geo-political significance in the global energy markets. The country holds the world’s largest proven natural gas reserve (18.2 percent) and fourth oil reserves (9.3 percent). It is a founding member of both the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the Gas Exporting Countries Forum Read More >

Pathological counterinsurgency: the failure of imposing legitimacy in El Salvador, Afghanistan, and Iraq

Many voices in the US policy community have suggested that El Salvador provided a model for US counterinsurgency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, based on the unsound contention that elections increased government legitimacy and effectiveness. The same flawed assessments were present in counterinsurgency strategy in Iraq and Afghanistan – unfounded assumptions that elections would increase Read More >

Afghanistan National Defense and Security Forces

In the past fourteen years, the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) have developed into a collection of professional institutions that are both committed to their mission and highly respected. However, they still face major challenges in key areas of capacity, such as logistics, air power, and intelligence. This report assesses the ANDSF’s structure Read More >

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