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As US-Taliban Peace Process Collapses, an Opportunity for Russia?
September 20, 2019

As US-Taliban Peace Process Collapses, an Opportunity for Russia?

By Samuel Ramani
An expansion of Russia’s diplomatic involvement could help non-Western powers expand their say over Afghanistan’s political future.

Russia and the Taliban: Talking With Terrorists
January 12, 2019

Russia and the Taliban: Talking With Terrorists

By Samuel Ramani
Moscow continues to designate the Taliban as a terrorist group, but at the same time has made consistent diplomatic contacts.
Can Russia End the War in Afghanistan?
September 01, 2018

Can Russia End the War in Afghanistan?

By Samuel Ramani
Russia has been seeking to establish a leading role in the stabilization of Afghanistan.

What Happened on the Afghan-Tajik Border?
August 28, 2018

What Happened on the Afghan-Tajik Border?

By Catherine Putz
Afghan officials say either a Tajik or Russian plane (or helicopter) conducted an airstrike on the Afghan side of the border.

Is Russia Arming the Taliban?
March 27, 2018

Is Russia Arming the Taliban?

By Catherine Putz
There’s no proverbial smoking Kalashnikov, but American officials continue to suggest Russia is arming the Taliban.

The Myth of an Iran-Russia Alliance in Afghanistan
October 25, 2017

The Myth of an Iran-Russia Alliance in Afghanistan

By Samuel Ramani
For Iran and Russia, Afghanistan is more likely to be an area of geopolitical competition than a sphere of cooperation.

How Russia May Approach the Taliban and Afghanistan in 2017
January 04, 2017

How Russia May Approach the Taliban and Afghanistan in 2017

By Ankit Panda
A revealing interview with Putin's top envoy in Afghanistan suggests continued rapprochement with the Taliban.
The Rise of Taliban Diplomacy
January 03, 2017

The Rise of Taliban Diplomacy

By Ahmad Bilal Khalil
How are the Taliban and Kabul faring in their diplomatic tug-of-war over Afghanistan's neighbors?

Just How Many ISIS Fighters Are There in Afghanistan?
April 27, 2016

Just How Many ISIS Fighters Are There in Afghanistan?

By Casey Michel
Estimates from Moscow’s special envoy to Kabul are a constantly changing thing.

From Russia with Bullets: Moscow Gifts Kabul 10,000 AK-47s
February 24, 2016

From Russia with Bullets: Moscow Gifts Kabul 10,000 AK-47s

By Catherine Putz
Russia gives Afghanistan 10,000 assault rifles, but abstains from joining American efforts at peace talks.

Russia in Afghanistan: Past as Prologue?
November 04, 2015

Russia in Afghanistan: Past as Prologue?

By Khyber Sarban
The impact of a Russian return to Afghanistan depends on whether it opts to secure its periphery or pursue stability.
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