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All Things Policy: Afghanistan: 50 Days After Taliban’s Takeover

 After 50 days of the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, the situation remains tense. The ISI-imposed interim government is struggling to provide political stability even as the humanitarian crisis worsens. As the interests of regional powers come into conflict in...

All Things Policy: Ending America’s Forever War

 After two decades of fighting the Taliban, the US is finally ready to leave Afghanistan, with President Biden prepared to pull out all American troops. What are the prospects for peace once the last Americans leave? Ameera Rao joins...

Why did India close Jalalabad consulate?

This article was first published in Deccan Herald. In a sudden and surprising development in March last year, India closed its consulates in Jalalabad and Herat. Jalalabad is 65 km from the Torkham border crossing with Pakistan, and Herat about...

All Things Policy: Peace for Afghanistan?

 A draft agreement proposed by the US to “jump-start” the peace talks in Afghanistan envisages the formation of a transition government with the Taliban. Anand Arni talks to Suyash Desai about the proposal and what it portends for the...

All Things Policy: Could Spies Avert the Next Pandemic?

 As threats from disease outbreaks and ecological disasters grow, should intelligence agencies be tasked with tracking them? What are the potential benefits and pitfalls of such a move? Takshashila’s director Nitin Pai joins distinguished fellow and former Special Secretary...

All Things Policy: Understanding the Taliban’s Strategies for War and Peace

 The United States, the Afghan government, and the Taliban are vying for an advantage in the ongoing talks. In a conversation with Pranay Kotasthane and Aditya Ramanathan, Takshashila’s distinguished fellow, Anand Arni dissects the strategies of various players and...

All Things Policy: The Paradoxes of Pakistani Politics

What’s fuelling political instability in Pakistan? Why are opposition parties rallying behind former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif – and against the army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa? Has the COVID-19 pandemic altered Pakistani politics? In a conversation with Suyash Desai,...

The Laskhar-e-Taiba in Afghanistan

The Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) has become more visible after a hiatus – this time in Afghanistan both in support of the Taliban and in a takeover of the Islamic State of Khorasan (ISK). The LeT was, originally, set up by the...

Recent Political Developments in Afghanistan – An Assessment

The Unending Saga of US-Taliban ‘Peace’ Deal On May 23, 2020, the Taliban announced a three-day ceasefire with effect from May 24, the day when Afghanistan celebrates Eid ul Fitr marking the end of Ramzan. President Ashraf Ghani responded positively...

Omar Sheikh: If Not Daniel Pearl, a Trail With Links to ISI, 9/11 Mastermind and Bin Laden

Was it a coincidence or was it purposely timed for when everyone was too busy worrying about the Covid-19 crisis? Last week, the Sindh High Court overturned, citing a lack of evidence, the conviction of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh on...
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