AfPak Region

Wilayat Khorasan: Past and Present Dynamics in the Af-Pak Region

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Tracing the rise of Islamic States Af-Pak affiliate, Wilayat Khorasan.

The Great Game Revived: Russia’s Interests in Afghanistan

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With a US pullout likely, regional players are scrambling to shore up their long-term interests in Afghanistan. This article examines the military and economic objectives driving Russia’s foreign policy there.

The Great Game Revived: Pakistan’s Interests in Afghanistan

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With a US pullout likely, regional players are scrambling to shore up their long-term interests in Afghanistan. This article examines the military and economic objectives driving Pakistan’s foreign policy there.

Belt and Rage: China Consulate Attacked in Karachi

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The attack in Karachi reflects animosity toward Chinese investment in Pakistan’s tribal regions. It may also be a sign of things to come.

Backgrounder: Pakistan Election

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Millions of Pakistanis will head to the polls on July 25 to elect a new government, braving a wave of election-related violence across the country.

Pakistan Teeters on the Brink of Economic Crisis

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In an echo of the country’s brush with catastrophe in 2013, Pakistan is once again hurtling toward a currency crisis.

The Afghanistan War under Trump

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President Trump has ruled out negotiations with the Taliban just as a BBC study revealed the militant group’s sprawling presence over large swathes of Afghanistan.

Pakistan in the US, the US in Pakistan: Self-Denial is the Biggest Threat to World Peace

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Warped views on both sides of the bilateral equation are acting as a destabilizing force.

Taliban Leader Mansour Killed in US Drone Strike

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The removal of Taliban leader Mullah Mansour will resonate in the AfPak region for years to come.

Pakistan Tensions Jeopardize Afghan Strategy

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The latest political tensions in Pakistan, which could see key members of government ousted, threaten to unravel President Obama's Afghan strategy before it even has the chance to take root.

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