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Pakistan’s Scramble for a Peaceful and Stable Afghanistan
September 22, 2022

Pakistan’s Scramble for a Peaceful and Stable Afghanistan

By Mohammad Ali Zafar
The country's initial euphoria at the Taliban victory has given way to concern as several troubling developments threaten its regional interests.

Security, System Issues, and a Flood of Refugees Make Getting Afghan Allies to Safety a Challenge
September 22, 2022

Security, System Issues, and a Flood of Refugees Make Getting Afghan Allies to Safety a Challenge

By Richard L. Benkin
The process, always slow and cumbersome, is now overwhelmed. Even as cases move through the system, safety remains a grave concern for Afghans forced to wait.
Afghan Students Are Unable to Resume Studies in Indian Universities
September 21, 2022

Afghan Students Are Unable to Resume Studies in Indian Universities

By Tarushi Aswani
Many students who returned to Afghanistan during the pandemic lockdowns have been denied Indian visas.

US Contractor Freed by Taliban in Swap for Drug Trafficker
September 20, 2022

US Contractor Freed by Taliban in Swap for Drug Trafficker

By Eric Tucker and Rahim Faiez
Mark Frerichs was freed in exchange for Bashir Noorzai in a rare success in U.S.-Taliban talks.

Trial Run for China-Afghan Rail Corridor as SCO Summit Kicks Off
September 15, 2022

Trial Run for China-Afghan Rail Corridor as SCO Summit Kicks Off

By Sophia Nina Burna-Asefi
Rail routes are all the rage, as the SCO gathers. Keep an eye out for new agreements on regional transit routes.

Empowering Afghan Women and Their Civil Resistance
September 14, 2022

Empowering Afghan Women and Their Civil Resistance

By Mojib Rahman Atal
It is not surprising why many Afghan women see their life under the Taliban as “death in slow motion.”

Taliban: UAE Firm to Run Flight Services on Afghan Airports
September 09, 2022

Taliban: UAE Firm to Run Flight Services on Afghan Airports

By Rahim Faiez
Under a new contract, an Abu Dhabi-based firm will manage flights at Afghanistan’s three major airports: Kabul, Herat, and Kandahar.
The Islamic State vs. Russia in Afghanistan
September 09, 2022

The Islamic State vs. Russia in Afghanistan

By Lucas Webber
The Islamic State movement -- including its Afghanistan iteration -- is vehemently anti-Russia in orientation, criticizing its foreign and domestic policies.

Afghan Refugees Face Uncertainty in Central Asia
September 08, 2022

Afghan Refugees Face Uncertainty in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
In recent days, Tajikistan has been criticized by the U.N. Refugee Agency for deporting Afghan refugees.

New Head for UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan: Kyrgyzstan’s Roza Otunbayeva
September 06, 2022

New Head for UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan: Kyrgyzstan’s Roza Otunbayeva

By Catherine Putz
The choice of Otunbayeva reflects the UN’s ongoing concern about the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan.

Taliban Again Demands Return of Afghan Aircraft in Central Asia
September 01, 2022

Taliban Again Demands Return of Afghan Aircraft in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
The U.S. position on the matter hasn't budged: Afghan aircraft outside the country are unlikely to be flown back into Taliban hands.
Russia Voices Aim to Increase Combat Readiness at Bases in Central Asia
August 30, 2022

Russia Voices Aim to Increase Combat Readiness at Bases in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
The recent comment from Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu echoes sentiments stated before, but it's not clear if it means anything in a practical sense.

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