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Can Afghanistan Help Itself?
March 25, 2010
Can Afghanistan Help Itself?
NATO wants Afghan forces to be able to take more responsibility. David Axe reports that there’s reason for worry, and for hope.
Can Afghanistan Help Itself?
China Eyes Bite of Mongolia?
March 19, 2010
China Eyes Bite of Mongolia?
As Russia and China vie for access to its minerals, Mongolia has turned to the US as a counterweight. But is its democracy safe?
China Eyes Bite of Mongolia?
Return of the Warlords
March 16, 2010
Return of the Warlords
As villages in Afghanistan turn to private militias for security, Sanjay Kumar asks if such outfits mark a return to warlordism.
Return of the Warlords
‘Iran has Afghan Peace Role’
February 26, 2010
‘Iran has Afghan Peace Role’
The London conference on Afghanistan’s future was wishful thinking. For real stability, look to China, India, Russia–and Iran.
‘Iran has Afghan Peace Role’
Last Shot in Afghanistan
February 19, 2010
Last Shot in Afghanistan
The Diplomat speaks with Fabrice Pothier, director of Carnegie Europe, about the security situation in Afghanistan, talking with the Taliban and the prospects for stability once US-led forces withdraw.
Last Shot in Afghanistan
Talking with the Taliban
February 15, 2010
Talking with the Taliban
As US-led forces engage in a major offensive in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, commentators in Pakistan are still taking stock of the London conference and what it could mean for the role their country plays in their neighbour’s stability. Mustafa Qadri reports that many believe the road to such stability and security will inevitably run through Pakistan–and to the Taliban.
Talking with the Taliban
China Enters the ‘Great Game’
February 08, 2010
China Enters the ‘Great Game’
After taking a backseat to the United States and Russia in Central Asia since the collapse of the Soviet Union, China is finally making its mark in the region, says Joshua Kucera. But while the three powers vie for influence, it could be the 'stans' that are playing the wiliest game of all.
China Enters the ‘Great Game’
The ‘Good’ Taliban Myth
February 05, 2010
The ‘Good’ Taliban Myth
If the London Conference on Afghanistan held last week demonstrated anything, it is that it’s only a matter of time until India loses whatever strategic leverage it previously enjoyed compared with Pakistan in the country.
The ‘Good’ Taliban Myth
An Interview with Juan Cole
November 04, 2009
An Interview with Juan Cole
The Diplomat speaks with leading Afghanistan commentator Juan Cole, author of the Informed Comment blog, about the recent election, the abandoned run-off and the future of US forces in the country.
An Interview with Juan Cole
Fifteen Years on the Frontline
October 30, 2009
Fifteen Years on the Frontline
Award-winning photojournalist Stephen Dupont reminisces about his life on the frontline in Afghanistan.
Fifteen Years on the Frontline
Russian Revolutionary
September 28, 2009
Russian Revolutionary
Harriet Riley reports from St Petersburg on the link between badly dubbed Western movies and an award-winning human rights activist
Russian Revolutionary
September 23, 2009
Iran, Michael Jackson, and Generation X
Our writer argues that his young tech-savvy peers, celebrity fixations aside, are increasingly engaged in global issues like this summer’s riots in Tehran.
Iran, Michael Jackson, and Generation X
September 23, 2009
Tehran Ignites
In June, Austin Mackell was in Iran for The Diplomat to get a sense of modern life inside the Islamic Republic.
Tehran Ignites
June 24, 2009
No Power to the People
Lack of leadership makes a fully fledged revolution unlikely in Iran The Diplomat speaks with Ilan Berman, Vice President for Policy at the American Foreign Policy Council and author of ‘Tehran Rising: Iran’s Challenge to the United States’ about Iran’s disputed presidential election.
No Power to the People
June 02, 2009
Interview with Ali Allawi
James Robertson recently caught up with Allawi for The Diplomat to discuss what he calls ‘The Crisis of Islamic Civilization’, as Barack Obama prepares to visit the Middle East to deliver a major address redefining US relations with Islam.
Interview with Ali Allawi
May 07, 2009
Destination Abu Dhabi
While Dubai is the largest city in the United Arab Emirates and the best known internationally, Abu Dhabi, the national capital lying 150 km south-west of Dubai, is well on the way to matching the profile of its precocious sibling.
Destination Abu Dhabi
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