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Russia's Falling Out With Kabul
June 06, 2019

Russia's Falling Out With Kabul

By Samuel Ramani
Russia's embrace of the Taliban is increasingly coming at the expense of Afghan President Ghani's government.

Understanding Russia’s Motivations in Hosting Inter-Afghan Talks
February 12, 2019

Understanding Russia’s Motivations in Hosting Inter-Afghan Talks

By Umair Jamal
Why is Russia keen on taking center stage as Afghanistan enters a new phase?
The Afghanistan Conundrum: Russia’s Peace Plays and India’s Room for Maneuver
November 12, 2018

The Afghanistan Conundrum: Russia’s Peace Plays and India’s Room for Maneuver

By Harsh V. Pant
Realities are changing in Afghanistan, and New Delhi must be nimble.

Can Russia Help Bring Peace to Afghanistan?
November 02, 2018

Can Russia Help Bring Peace to Afghanistan?

By Said Sabir Ibrahimi
Russia’s reconciliation efforts should align with Afghanistan’s needs.

Why Has Russia Invited the Taliban to Moscow?
July 21, 2018

Why Has Russia Invited the Taliban to Moscow?

By Samuel Ramani
The proposed “Moscow-format” talks advance Russia’s interests in Afghanistan.

Russia's Soft Power Push in Afghanistan
November 29, 2017

Russia's Soft Power Push in Afghanistan

By Samuel Ramani
Investment in Afghan economic development is part of a strategy to rebrand Russia’s image in Afghanistan.

Hamid Karzai and the Russia Connection
November 03, 2017

Hamid Karzai and the Russia Connection

By Samuel Ramani
The former Afghan president is promoting positions closely aligned with Russian interests.
Why Russia Wants the US to Stay in Afghanistan
August 23, 2017

Why Russia Wants the US to Stay in Afghanistan

By Samuel Ramani
Moscow would like to avoid having to militarily intervene itself.

Understanding the Russia-Taliban Connection
August 04, 2017

Understanding the Russia-Taliban Connection

By Samuel Ramani
Recent media reports underline Russian arms sales to the insurgent group. What is Moscow's end game?

New Fault Lines Emerge in South Asia Around Afghanistan
February 22, 2017

New Fault Lines Emerge in South Asia Around Afghanistan

By Harsh V. Pant
Russian-led multilateral initiatives on Afghanistan in the region highlight growing rifts.

Russia's Plan for Afghanistan
April 25, 2016

Russia's Plan for Afghanistan

By Dmitriy Frolovskiy
Putin is preparing for the worst-case scenario in Afghanistan.
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