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‘Great Game’ Redux in Afghanistan?
September 08, 2021

‘Great Game’ Redux in Afghanistan?

By Danil Bochkov
As China and Russia align their positions in Afghanistan, the West looks on suspiciously.

With Eyes on Afghanistan, Russian Military Exercises in Central Asia
August 04, 2021

With Eyes on Afghanistan, Russian Military Exercises in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
Meanwhile, Russian diplomats continue to press support for a negotiated settlement between Kabul and the Taliban, with a side of shade thrown at the Americans.
Tajikistan Asks CSTO for Assistance on the Afghan Border
July 08, 2021

Tajikistan Asks CSTO for Assistance on the Afghan Border

By Catherine Putz
With Afghan forces fleeing into Tajikistan and the Taliban managing a border crossing, Dushanbe has reportedly called on its CSTO partners for aid.

Russia, Central Asian States Worry About Instability in Afghanistan
May 03, 2021

Russia, Central Asian States Worry About Instability in Afghanistan

By Umida Hashimova
Military officials in Russia and Central Asia agree to unite efforts as they prepare for a worsening of the situation in Afghanistan. 

Regional Interests at Stake as Biden Announces Military Withdrawal From Afghanistan
April 21, 2021

Regional Interests at Stake as Biden Announces Military Withdrawal From Afghanistan

By Saif Khattak
Russia, China, Iran, India, and, most of all, Pakistan have interests at stake as the U.S. aims to withdraw from Afghanistan.

Moscow Conference on Afghan Peace: Two Steps Back for Women, One Step Forward for Peace
March 23, 2021

Moscow Conference on Afghan Peace: Two Steps Back for Women, One Step Forward for Peace

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
The one-day conference last week is part of a larger effort by regional powers to make peace between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

What’s Russia’s Aim in Afghanistan?
December 05, 2020

What’s Russia’s Aim in Afghanistan?

By Nodirjon Kirgizbaev
The Russian presence in Central Asia, predicated on the threats from Afghanistan, stymies the political and economic development of the region.
Trump Denies Knowledge of Intel Report on Russian Bounties for Killing Americans in Afghanistan
June 29, 2020

Trump Denies Knowledge of Intel Report on Russian Bounties for Killing Americans in Afghanistan

By Catherine Putz
A series of media reports, citing U.S. intelligence sources, allege that President Trump was briefed on an alleged Russian operation offering bounties for dead Americans in Afghanistan.

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.

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