The Pashtun will Outlast All Empires, But Can They Hold Afghanistan’s Center?

The Pashtun will Outlast All Empires, But Can They Hold Afghanistan’s Center?

It was bound to happen: the remixed Saigon moment at Kabul airport and the stunning comeback of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, led by Pashtuns, has unleashed across the West a cheap Orientalization avalanche. The whole of Afghanistan is now “threatened” by the return of the “barbarians.” Once again, Afghan women need to be protected,…

Azerbaijani-Iranian Tensions Will Have Far-Reaching Consequences for Eurasia

Azerbaijani-Iranian Tensions Will Have Far-Reaching Consequences for Eurasia

Their problems prove that the common cause of Eurasian integration is a lot more difficult to achieve than to discuss. Tensions recently spiked between Azerbaijan and Iran after the latter commenced military drills close to their border accompanied by harsh rhetoric from its officials. This includes Supreme Leader Khamenei’s Twitter account posting such messages as:…

Why is the TAPI Gas Pipeline So Important to Turkmenistan?

Why is the TAPI Gas Pipeline So Important to Turkmenistan?

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov strictly adheres to the policy of his predecessor, Saparmurat Niyazov. The present leader of the country, who bears the official title of Arkadag, translated as patron from the Turkmen language, does his best to ensure that the state entrusted to him remains permanently neutral. The policy of neutrality has led Turkmenistan…

Afghan Protests: Foreign-Financed Color Revolution or Genuine Grievances?

Afghan Protests: Foreign-Financed Color Revolution or Genuine Grievances?

Regardless of whether one sympathizes with those protesters’ causes or not, it should be acknowledged that these disturbances could greatly destabilize Afghanistan at one of its most sensitive moments in modern history amid its historic political transition back to de facto Taliban rule following the West’s withdrawal last month after nearly twenty years of occupation….