Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

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The Soviet Army was driven from Afghanistan 30 years ago. Putin’s Russia is repackaging it as a patriotic victory

Washington Post, 14 February 2019 Amie Ferris-Rotman reports that while the Kremlin under Gorbachov in 1989 “called the Afghan war #a political mistake’ [and] Russian lawmakers, urged by President Vladimir Putin, are now trying to make a 180. On Friday, the date the last Red Army force withdrew from Afghanistan 30 years ago, the Russian parliament plans to […]

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What Do the Afghan Peace Talks in Moscow Mean?

PRIO, 12 February 2019 Kristian Haprviken, a specialist for south/central Asian regional relations at PRIO Oslo, looks at Russian intentions with regards to Afghanistan. He warns that one should not view Russia’s involvement “as having purely evil intent.” And further: One view is that the political capital Russia is now building in Afghanistan could be exploited […]

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Re-read: From Uyghurs to Kashgaris (and back?) Migration and cross-border interactions between Xinjiang and Pakistan [and Afghanistan]

Crossroads Asia project, 2014 Alessandro Rippa’ study of the Uyghur community of Pakistan, the Kashgaris, a group of migrants who left Xinjiang over the course of the last century, aiming principally at offering an overview of the history and current situation of the Uyghur community of Pakistan – a part of which migrated there via […]

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آیا گروه طالبان در مشهد دفتر دارد؟ [Do the Taleban have an office in Mashhad?]

BBC Farsi, 7 January 2019 The BBC Farsi’s Fawad Masiha looked at the available sources on this subject (and the existence of a ‘Mashhad shura’ that does not recognise the Quetta shura’s authority. In his feature, he finds the source base rather narrow – although, he says, a Wall Street Journal article quoting one anonymous Western security official […]

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