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After the Fall of Kabul, the US Needs to Reject China’s Narrative on Terrorism
October 06, 2021

After the Fall of Kabul, the US Needs to Reject China’s Narrative on Terrorism

By Omer Kanat
Hyping an unsubstantiated “extremism” threat is a key, and classic, tactic in the Chinese government’s propaganda war.

China’s Political Calculations and Potential Options in Afghanistan
August 19, 2021

China’s Political Calculations and Potential Options in Afghanistan

By Jianli Yang
Beijing will approach Afghan affairs – and the Taliban – more cautiously than people think.
The Taliban: China’s Deal With the Devil in Afghanistan
August 17, 2021

The Taliban: China’s Deal With the Devil in Afghanistan

By Shannon Tiezzi
The Taliban’s promises cannot be trusted. China knows this, but it has few good options.

Can the US Isolate the Taliban?
August 11, 2021

Can the US Isolate the Taliban?

By Catherine Putz
The answer is less clear now, in 2021, than it was in 1996. 

Can the Taliban Play China and Russia Off the United States?
July 28, 2021

Can the Taliban Play China and Russia Off the United States?

By Catherine Putz
The consensus is that negotiation is the only way out of the conflict for Afghanistan, but that only holds true if the international community is united. It’s not.

Did China Build a Spy Network in Kabul?
February 17, 2021

Did China Build a Spy Network in Kabul?

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
Amid murky allegations of contact with the Haqqani Network, the life of one Chinese national in Kabul comes under scrutiny.

China’s Stake in the Afghan Peace Process
September 22, 2020

China’s Stake in the Afghan Peace Process

By Sohrab Azad
Afghanistan is already of strategic importance to Beijing. As U.S. troops leave, China's influence will grow.
The Taliban’s Diplomatic Reemergence
October 25, 2019

The Taliban’s Diplomatic Reemergence

By Daud Khattak
Over the past few years, Moscow, Tehran and Beijing have warmed to the Taliban. What explains their change of heart?

Taliban: From Pariah to Diplomatic Reception
October 10, 2019

Taliban: From Pariah to Diplomatic Reception

By Daud Khattak
From Moscow to Beijing, Tehran to Islamabad, Taliban delegations have found welcome in diplomatic halls.

The Taliban’s Delusion Hampers Reconciliation
January 17, 2019

The Taliban’s Delusion Hampers Reconciliation

By Daud Khattak
Emboldened by foreign support, the Taliban continue to refuse talks with the Afghan government.

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