Power Struggle in the Afghan Region

Power Struggle in the Afghan Region

1. Key events of the Taliban’s self-proclaimed government in 2021 Only four months after the start of the Taliban’s blitzkrieg-like advance through Afghanistan, the offensive ended with the surrender of Kabul in mid-August 2021. This news raises questions to even the most oblivious individuals concerning military affairs: How can 20 years of training, funding and…

The US Is Taking Note of Russia’s Pragmatic Stance Towards the Taliban

The US Is Taking Note of Russia’s Pragmatic Stance Towards the Taliban

Newsweek’s interview with Russian Special Presidential Envoy to Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov was significant because it was the first time that Russia’s pragmatic stance towards the Taliban was given publicity and treated fairly by a major Western media outlet. Russian Special Presidential Envoy to Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov was recently interviewed by Newsweek about his country’s pragmatic…

Making Another ISIS in Afghanistan. ISIS-K in Khorasan Province

Making Another ISIS in Afghanistan. ISIS-K in Khorasan Province

With the United States out of Afghanistan, former members of the Afghan Security Forces who were once trained by the United States are joining Islamic State-Khorasan Province, better known as ISIS-K, the Islamic State’s regional affiliate. The result is all too predictable given America’s track record of inadvertently aiding the creation of extremist groups in the…

Afghanistan: Between Pipelines and ISIS-K, the Americans Are Still in Play

Afghanistan: Between Pipelines and ISIS-K, the Americans Are Still in Play

Something quite extraordinary happened in early November in Kabul. Taliban interim-Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi and Turkmen Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov got together to discuss a range of political and economic issues. Most importantly, they resurrected the legendary soap opera which in the early 2000s I dubbed Pipelineistan: the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline. Call it…

China is Building a Military Base in Tajikistan

China is Building a Military Base in Tajikistan

After the failed US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the coming to power in Kabul of the Taliban (a terrorist group banned in the Russian Federation), the regional security system in Central Asia began to undergo rapid reformatting. New players, the USA, Turkey, and China are trying to enter the traditional zone of influence and responsibility…