• Afghanistan, Pakistan the Region

    On October 16th, the Atlantic Council's South Asia Center hosted a discussion with Shuja Nawaz, Distinguished Fellow at the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council, and Vali Nasr, the Dean of John Hopkins Universality School of Advance International Studies. The panel, which was moderated by Ambassador James Cunningham, former Ambassador to Afghanistan and Senior Fellow and Khalilzad Chair, South Asia Center, touched upon the many facets of the Central and South Asia regions. The panel applauded President Obama's recent announcement on maintaining a presence in Afghanistan as a significant step toward building confidence in the future of the Ghani government and the Afghan state.

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  • Gopalaswamy on US Troops in Afghanistan and Prime Minister Sharif’s US Visit

    South Asia Center Director Bharath Gopalaswamy joins Voice of America Urdu TV to discuss President Obama's announcement that he will be maintaining troop levels in Afghanistan and US-Pakistan relations in light of Prime Minister Sharif’s upcoming visit to the United States:

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  • Rakisits: A Path to the Sea: China’s Pakistan Plan

    South Asia Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Claude Rakisits writes for World Affairs Journal on the $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which consists of both transportation and energy projects:

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  • ‘Why is Pakistan Playing this Game?’

    Afghan lawmaker, Shinkai Karokhail, says Pakistan has been ‘selective’ about dealing with terrorists

    Shinkai Karokhail, a member of the budget and finance committee of the lower house (Wolesi Jirga) of the Afghan National Assembly and a longtime activist for women’s rights, education, and conflict prevention, sat down with the New Atlanticist'sAshish Kumar Sen for an interview on a recent visit to Washington.

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  • Rakisits on Pakistani-Afghan Relations

    Defense News quotes South Asia Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Claude Rakisits on Islamabad’s latest military operations against terror groups on its soil and their implications for Afghan-Pakistani relations:

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  • Afghan Peace Process: DOA?

    Pakistan can do more on terrorist groups, says Atlantic Council Senior Fellow James B. Cunningham

    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is right, Pakistan can do more to disrupt terrorist networks that plan and carry out attacks across the border in Afghanistan, says Atlantic Council Senior Fellow James B. Cunningham.

    A broad spectrum of terrorist and criminal groups—most notably the Taliban and the Haqqani Network—are based in safe havens in the mountainous tribal regions of Pakistan that abut Afghanistan. Opinions vary as to the degree of support these groups receive from the Pakistani state, particularly its military and intelligence service—the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISIS) agency.

    “There is a great deal that Pakistani authorities can do to disrupt Taliban activities. They can limit their freedom of movement, and curtail their ability to plan and execute suicide bombings across the border in Afghanistan,” Cunningham, a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and the Khalilzad Chair on Afghanistan, said in an interview.

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  • In Afghanistan, the Taliban Has a New Leader, But it’s His Deputy Who is Raising Eyebrows

    Haqqani Network leader’s appointment could jeopardize peace process in Afghanistan

    The appointment of the head of a Pakistan-based terrorist network as a deputy leader of the Taliban may prove to be an obstacle in Afghan-led efforts to make peace with the Islamic militants.

    While confirming reports of the death of its reclusive one-eyed leader, Mullah Omar, the Taliban July 31 announced the appointment of Omar’s longtime deputy, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, as its new leader. But perhaps more significant was whom the Taliban’s senior leadership, based in the Pakistani city of Quetta, picked for the job of Mansour’s deputy.

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  • Cunningham on Taliban Leader's Death

    The New York Times quotes Zalmay Khalilzad Chair on Afghanistan and Resident Senior Fellow James B. Cunningham on the death of Mullah Muhammad Omar, the secretive leader of the Taliban:

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  • Will Mullah Omar’s Death Doom Peace Process?

    Atlantic Council’s James B. Cunningham says questions already being raised about authority of Afghan militants’ representatives

    Taliban leader Mullah Omar’s death could call into question the Taliban’s leadership and undermine the Afghan government’s efforts to jumpstart a peace process with the militant group, says the Atlantic Council’s James B. Cunningham.

    The Taliban July 30 confirmed news reported by Afghan officials a day earlier that the militant group's leader had died. Afghan officials said Omar had died in a hospital in the Pakistani city of Karachi in April 2013. The Taliban named the reclusive one-eyed Omar's deputy, Mullah Akhtar Mansour, as its new leader.

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  • A Private Briefing on US-Pakistan Relations with Her Excellency Hina Rabbani Khar, Former Foreign Minister of Pakistan

    Speaking at an Atlantic Council briefing, Former Foreign Minister of Pakistan Her Excellency Hina Rabbani Khar offered her unique perspective on "the broad trends prevailing in Pakistan" including the recent talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government in Murree, the Iran deal impact in Pakistan, the status quo of Indo-Pak relations, and the state of Pakistan's economy.

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