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Fri, Mar 27, 2020

US cuts Afghan aid: Will it bring peace closer?

Recent weeks have seen Afghanistan politically paralyzed with both Ghani and Abdullah setting up parallel governments in Kabul, after both claimed victory in the September 2019 presidential elections. Secretary Pompeo attempted to push the Afghan government(s) towards talks with the Taliban and failed.

New Atlanticist by South Asia Center

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Dr. Rabia Akhtar is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council South Asia Center. She is also the Director, Centre for Security, Strategy and Policy Research, University of Lahore. Dr. Akhtar is Director, School of Integrated Social Sciences at University of Lahore. She holds a PhD in Security Studies from Kansas State University. She is a Fulbright alumna (2010-2015). Dr. Akhtar received her Masters in International Relations from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad and her Masters in Political Science from Eastern Illinois University, USA. She has written extensively on South Asian nuclear security and deterrence dynamics. She is the author of the book titled ‘The Blind Eye: U.S. Non-proliferation Policy Towards Pakistan from Ford to Clinton’. Dr. Akhtar is also the Editor of Pakistan Politico, Pakistan’s first strategic and foreign affairs magazine. Dr. Akhtar is a member of Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on Foreign Affairs.