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Afghanistan: Sanctions on Hekmatyar Lifted; Eyes on Russia

Paper No. 6220                                  Dated 08-Feb-2017

Guest Column by Alexander Murray

On 4 February, the UN Security Council (UNSC) agreed to remove Hezb-e-Islami-e-Gulbuddin (HIG) power-broker and former Afghan Prime Minister, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, from its international sanctions list. Having negotiated a truce with HIG and settled on the peaceful terms of Hekmatyar’s reintegration into Afghan civil society, the government of President Ashraf Ghani is sure to welcome the news.

Afghanistan cannot be abandoned to China-Pakistan-Russia Troika in 2017

Paper No. 6214                                 Dated 17-Jan-2017

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Afghanistan seemed to have disappeared from the United States radar in the months to the run-up to US Presidential Elections resulting in a void which the China-Pakistan-Russia Troika has exploited to US disadvantage.

Afghan Calls to Lift UN Sanctions: A Welcome to Pakistan and Warning to the World

Paper No. 6209                               Dated 30-Dec-2016

Guest Column by Alexander Murray

Earlier this month, the Afghan government of President Ashraf Ghani made requests of the UN Security Council (UNSC) that Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and his political affiliate, Hezb-e-Islami-ye-Gulbuddin (HIG), be removed of international sanctions.

Greater Balochistan; A Quiet Frontier set to Explode

Paper No. 6197                                  Dated 15-Nov-2016

Guest Column by Alexander Murray

As infrastructure projects in Greater Balochistan come to be, governments across South and Central Asia should prepare for what will most likely turn into the region’s next hotbed of violence. Baloch across the region must be included in regional governments’ decision making processes or investors should prepare for the rural ethnic Baloch to thrust their projects into the dustbins of history.

Afghanistan: The Imperatives of Military Capacity Building by India

Paper No. 6166                                                  Dated 31-Aug-2016

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Afghanistan in mid-2016 presents a bleak security picture with the country once again being subjected to series of suicide bombings in Kabul and Taliban again becoming active against the State as part of Pakistan Army’s ISI- directed proxy war against Afghanistan.

India-Pakistan Road to Peace Runs through Kabul

Paper No. 6055                                Dated 11-Jan-2016

 Dr Subhash Kapila

The Forthcoming ‘Heart of Asia’ Conference

Paper No. 6035                                   Dated 18-Nov-2015

Guest Column by Dr. Sudhanshu Tripathi

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