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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.

Are Russia and the US Finally on the Same Page in Afghanistan?
July 20, 2019

Are Russia and the US Finally on the Same Page in Afghanistan?

By Samuel Ramani
Not so fast, substantive cooperation between the two on ending the war remains elusive.
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.

India Faces a New Reality in Afghanistan
December 28, 2018

India Faces a New Reality in Afghanistan

By Harsh V Pant and Vinay Kaura
It's past time for India to take stock of new realities in Afghanistan.

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.

Making Sense of Russia’s Involvement in Afghanistan
August 02, 2018

Making Sense of Russia’s Involvement in Afghanistan

By Nicholas Trickett
There are plenty of reasons to seriously examine Russia’s role in Afghanistan, but what do many analysts miss?

What Russia’s Changing Role in South Asia Means for Pakistan
January 20, 2018

What Russia’s Changing Role in South Asia Means for Pakistan

By Kashif Hussain
Russia's embrace of Pakistan should be viewed through the lens of the Afghan security crisis.
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.

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?

Russia and Uzbekistan's Renewed Security Partnership
July 11, 2017

Russia and Uzbekistan's Renewed Security Partnership

By Samuel Ramani
Under President Mirziyoyev, Uzbekistan has shown a willingness to increase defense ties with Moscow.
What's Driving Russia-Pakistan Cooperation on Afghanistan?
May 09, 2017

What's Driving Russia-Pakistan Cooperation on Afghanistan?

By Samuel Ramani
A shared willingness to embrace the Taliban, plus suspicions about the U.S. role, bring Moscow and Islamabad together.

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