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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.
What Does the Syrian War Mean for Afghanistan?
April 15, 2017

What Does the Syrian War Mean for Afghanistan?

By Ahmad Bilal Khalil
The impact on U.S.-Russia ties will be a blow for the Afghan government, as will the return of Afghan fighters from Syria.

4 Reasons Russia Increasingly Favors the Taliban in Afghanistan
February 14, 2017

4 Reasons Russia Increasingly Favors the Taliban in Afghanistan

By Hashim Wahdatyar
Moscow is aligning itself with the enemy of its enemy, the Taliban.
Russia and the Taliban: A Closer Look
December 29, 2016

Russia and the Taliban: A Closer Look

By Samuel Ramani
Why is Putin reaching out to the Afghan Taliban?

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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