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Dispatches: February 2019

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Taliban Peace Talks: the 'Breakthrough' and the Risk

“It’s remarkable. We shouldn’t mistake a mere framework or roadmap for an actual deal, but let’s face it: until relatively recently, no one really thought that we would be in a position where we could say that we had a blueprint for some type of peace deal,” Michael Kugelman tells France 24. 
 
Still, he says, the future is riddled with risks, both short-term and long.

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U.S. Withdrawal from Syria Will Endanger Kurds, Arabs, Christians

This article was originally published in The Hill.

Trump’s unilateral decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria will embolden our adversaries, including Iran, Russia and Syrian leader Bashar al Assad, and weaken and betray our Kurdish and Arab partners in the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Kennan Cable No. 38: Talking Up Terrorism in Central Asia

On July 29th, 2018 two American, one Dutch, and one Swiss cyclist were killed in southern Tajikistan. Two days later Amaq, the Islamic State’s media outlet, published a video of the attackers pledging allegiance to the group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and stating their aim to "establish the Almighty's rule on this land."[i] This was the first attack on Western tourists in the region in almost 20 years and the first attack within the region to be convincingly linked to ISIS.

The Big Opportunity for U.S.-Pakistan Relations in Afghanistan

In early December, Pakistani officials revealed that U.S. President Donald Trump had sent a letter to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan asking Islamabad to help Washington launch a peace process to end the war in Afghanistan.

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