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Who is afraid of peace in Afghanistan?

By Amb. M. K. BHADRAKUMAR (India)

14. February 2017

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Who is afraid of peace in Afghanistan?

The six-nation conference on Afghanistan due to be held in Moscow on Wednesday – including Russia, China, India, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan – is already in the US’ crosshairs. A Voice of America commentary has accused that by taking this initiative, “Russia is more interested in undermining the United States than in solving the regional […]

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Afghanistan – Fool’s War

By Eric MARGOLIS (USA)

12. October 2016

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Afghanistan – Fool’s War

Fifteen years ago this week, the US launched the longest war in its history: the invasion and occupation of remote Afghanistan. Neighboring Pakistan was forced to facilitate the American invasion or ‘be bombed back to the stone age.’ America was furious after the bloody 9/11 attacks. The Bush administration had been caught sleeping on guard […]

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A dangerous projection of inauguration in Afghanistan

By Alexander KNYAZEV (Russia)

18. October 2014

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A dangerous projection of inauguration in Afghanistan

The inauguration of the new president of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, was accompanied by a series of terrorist attacks in Kabul – near the international airport, Kabul University, and the compound of government buildings. But of course the current presidential election has not been an easy one. Suffice it to note that after the second […]

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Turkmenistan as the Three-for-One Staging Ground of Eurasian Destabilization

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

20. August 2014

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Turkmenistan as the Three-for-One Staging Ground of Eurasian Destabilization

The US and NATO are set to withdraw the majority of their forces from Afghanistan by year’s end (or perhaps be forced to remove them all, leaving the unprepared Afghan authorities to deal with the Taliban terrorist insurgency and a possible government collapse. This isn’t an unintended aftereffect of over a decade of war and […]

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The Reverse Brzezinski: The Ultimate Eurasian Dilemma (I)

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

22. June 2014

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The Reverse Brzezinski: The Ultimate Eurasian Dilemma (I)

Introduction: A global shift in US strategy is currently underway, with America transitioning from the ‘world policeman’ to the Lead From Behind mastermind. This fundamental shift essentially entails the US moving from a majority forward-operating military to a defensive stay-behind force. Part of this transformation is the reduction of the conventional military and its replacement […]

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U.S. Role in Global Drug Trafficking

By Konstantin PENZEV (Russia)

9. December 2013

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U.S. Role in Global Drug Trafficking

ORIENTAL REVIEW publishes a briefing of the series of articles by Konstantin Penzev recently posted by the New Eastern Outlook (here, here and here). He carefully reviews the sources of the global narco-culture tracking back to the clandestine experiments done in the military laboratories of the United States as early as in 1950s, the narco-dimension […]

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Afghanistan Transition 2014: Discerned Probabilities

By Ahsan ur Rahman KHAN (Pakistan)

22. July 2013

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Afghanistan Transition 2014: Discerned Probabilities

Discernment of the probable form of the political transition of Afghanistan is one of the focal points of concern of the governments and public of Afghanistan, Pakistan and US, besides the regional countries and US’ major ISAF partners. Recent break down of the dialogue between US and Taliban – the two major ‘contenders’ in the […]

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US Withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Reality

By Ahsan ur Rahman KHAN (Pakistan)

11. July 2013

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US Withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Reality

With the year 2014 –scheduled for US’ withdrawal from Afghanistan – approaching nearer, the confusion regarding the form and even quantum, as also the ‘after-effects’ of US’ withdrawal, is increasing in the media reports. There are now the reported lurking doubts that US may not fulfill its commitment to withdraw its military by the end […]

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The U.S. Dream Crashes in Central Asia

By Atul BHARDWAJ (India)

13. May 2013

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The U.S. Dream Crashes in Central Asia

On 03 May, a U.S. Air Force KC-135 tanker plane crashed in northern Kyrgyzstan. All the three aircrew onboard were killed. Earlier on April 27, four U.S. airmen had died when MC-12 surveillance and reconnaissance plane crashed in southern Afghanistan. On 30 April, another tragedy struck when a Boeing 747 cargo plane crashed just after […]

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US’ Eurasian Objectives and the Afghan War

By Salman RAFI SHEIKH (Pakistan)

18. March 2013

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US’ Eurasian Objectives and the Afghan War

Since 19th century, super powers have been ‘playing’ the Great Game in the region lying across Central, Southern and South-western Asia. During that ‘Game’ Afghanistan, which strategically connects these geographical segments of Asia, has historically been the heartland for British and Russian manoeuvres and struggle for control over Central Asia in the 19th and early […]

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Russia – Pakistan: the Way is Open for New Projects

By Sergey KAMENEV (Russia)

12. February 2013

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Russia – Pakistan: the Way is Open for New Projects

At the start of February this year, a trilateral meeting dealing with the situation in Afghanistan came to an end in London between the presidents of Pakistan and Afghanistan and British prime minister.  The outcome of the meeting was an agreement for a strategic Pakistan-Afghanistan partnership. Following the withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan in […]

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Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan: Rising Menace

By Aurobinda MAHAPATRA (India)

4. February 2013

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Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan: Rising Menace

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) has become a concern in Eurasian region. In January 2013 alone, the members of the extremist organization confronted security forces in Afghanistan on two instances during operations in Burkah district of Baghlan province. A government official in Tajiksitan declared on 28 January 2013 that police in Kubodiyen District in […]

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