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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.

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.
An Indian Perspective on Afghan Security
December 04, 2018

An Indian Perspective on Afghan Security

By Samuel Ramani
An interview with Brig. Gen. (retd) Venkataraman Mahalingam.

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?

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.

Pay Attention to Russia's South Asia Strategy
June 07, 2018

Pay Attention to Russia's South Asia Strategy

By Uzair Younus
Russia is isolating and undermining the United States in the region.

Why Russia Exaggerates Islamic State's Presence in Afghanistan
April 10, 2018

Why Russia Exaggerates Islamic State's Presence in Afghanistan

By Samuel Ramani
The notion that the United States is facilitating the rise of ISIS in Afghanistan resonates powerfully within Russia.
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.

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.

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?

Kabul Process Falters as Taliban Support Rises
June 10, 2017

Kabul Process Falters as Taliban Support Rises

By Bismellah Alizada
Complex geopolitical rivalries make it unlikely that the Kabul Process will bring peace to Afghanistan.
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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