It’s Time to Create An Afghan-Central Asian Connectivity Platform

It’s Time to Create An Afghan-Central Asian Connectivity Platform

The most important outcome of last month’s virtual Afghan-Central Asian Foreign Ministers meeting was “the need to create a political framework that would strengthen cooperation between these countries in various fields”, which should be prioritized as soon as possible so as to advance their shared goal of facilitating transregional connectivity. The Afghan Embassy in Turkmenistan’s…

What Starts in Afghanistan Does Not Stay in Afghanistan: China, India, and Iran Grapple with the Fallout

What Starts in Afghanistan Does Not Stay in Afghanistan: China, India, and Iran Grapple with the Fallout

Taliban advances in Afghanistan shift the Central Asian playing field on which China, India and the United States compete with rival infrastructure-driven approaches. At first glance, a Taliban takeover of Kabul would give China a 2:0 advantage against the US and India, but that could prove to be a shaky head start. The potential fall…

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Back with a Bang

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Back with a Bang

Wait until the war is overAnd we’re both a little olderThe unknown soldierBreakfast where the news is readTelevision children fedUnborn living, living, deadBullet strikes the helmet’s headAnd it’s all overFor the unknown soldier The Doors, “The Unknown Soldier” In the end, the Saigon moment happened faster than any Western intel “expert” expected. This is one…

Afghanistan: To be Integrated into China’s “Belt and Road”

Afghanistan: To be Integrated into China’s “Belt and Road”

Another name has been chiseled on the tombstone in the graveyard of empires. The United States of America. 2001-2021. From the swords of Alexander the Great, the British empire, the Russians before and after Lenin, and the US as the newest members of the Great Game, military powers have seen the Afghan sand swallow their…

Russia Must Urgently Prioritize Formulating an Official Indo-Pacific Policy

Russia Must Urgently Prioritize Formulating an Official Indo-Pacific Policy

The Indo-Pacific is rapidly becoming the convergence point of many of the world’s geostrategic processes, but Russia has yet to formulate an official policy towards this vast space, which places it at a disadvantage vis-a-vis its Great Power peers. The Indo-Pacific is among the top buzzwords in the foreign policy community nowadays because this vast…