Afghanistan

Securing the Third Pole: Glaciers, Snowpacks, and Water Vulnerability in High Asia

Known as the “Third Pole,” the Hindu-Kush-Himalaya, Pamir and Tien Shan mountain ranges of High Asia are home to the snow and ice headwaters of Asia’s most important rivers. These rivers provide drinking water, hydropower, irrigation, and other essential services to billions of people living downstream and changes in the mountains’ glaciers and snow reservoirs have cascading impacts on the region’s economic and human security. Protecting these essential water sources in a complex geopolitical setting requires transboundary science, public policy, and local efforts.

AfPak File Podcast: Pakistan's Economy Under Imran Khan

Pakistan’s new government, which took office in August, has inherited a series of urgent economic challenges. These include plunging foreign reserves, a balance of payments crisis, and water and energy shortages. The new administration, led by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, will need to move quickly.

AfPak File: What's Next for the Haqqani Network?

Earlier this month, the Taliban announced that Jalaluddin Haqqani, the founder, and leader of the feared Haqqani Network terror group, had died.

The Haqqani Network is a militant outfit fighting against the Afghan state and the U.S.-led forces that support it. It is a particularly potent faction of the Afghan Taliban.

A Ray of Hope in Afghanistan

The last few days have produced a series of uplifting, heartwarming scenes in Afghanistan—not a nation where such adjectives are typically applied.

Over the course of a three-day truce declared by the Taliban to mark the Eid holiday, Afghan civilians, troops, and Taliban foot soldiers were seen mingling and enjoying sweets together in cities across the country.

Another Grim Milestone for the War in Afghanistan

Recent days have marked another grim milestone for the war in Afghanistan.

Last week, the Taliban stormed the city of Farah, the capital of a province by the same name in western Afghanistan. For a brief period of time, the insurgents seized and held several government facilities before being pushed out by Afghan ground forces and U.S. air strikes.

This is devastating news, not just for an Afghan nation exhausted by nearly two decades of a brutal and bloody insurgency, but also for the U.S. war effort.

What Do Deteriorating Security Conditions Mean for Afghanistan’s Elections?

On April 22, the terror group ISIS claimed responsibility for an attack on a voter registration site in Kabul, Afghanistan, that killed nearly 60 people. The tragedy followed four other election-related attacks, including the abduction of three election workers in the central province of Ghor, over the last week.

This recent violence underscores the security challenges facing Afghanistan as it prepares to hold parliamentary elections in October.

Trump and South Asia, One Year On: A Case of Policy Continuity With the Past

Despite several notable differences, President ’s policy in the region—so far—has largely been strikingly similar to that of President Barack Obama’s.

When assessing President ’s efforts abroad over his first year in office, there are copious examples of major foreign policy breaks with his predecessor, Barack Obama. has taken a hard line on Iran, backed out of the Transpacific Partnership agreement, cracked down hard on immigration, recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and rejected the idea of climate change.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

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