India’s Gamble In Afghanistan

The Taliban’s nascent rapprochement with New Delhi portends a stunning shift in regional dynamics, as stronger ties with India could eventually allow Afghanistan’s Taliban-led government to distance itself from Pakistan. Read More Here

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Not At Any Price: LBJ, Pakistan, And Bargaining In An Asymmetric Intelligence Relationship

The U.S.-Pakistani relationship in the 1950s and 60s suggests that judging the other state’s dependence and alternatives may be particularly difficult under conditions of secrecy. American and Pakistani leaders negotiated the terms allowing the United States to collect intelligence on Soviet and Chinese weapons programs from Pakistan, but with limited outside input, each side overestimated […]

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9/11 In Islamabad: The First 72 hours

No one could possibly have foreseen that the 20th year observation of the events of 9/11 would be bookended by Taliban governments in power in Kabul. What is needed now is less recrimination about the causes of this catastrophic outcome and more careful, somber — and humble — reflection on the limits of U.S. power… […]

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Did Biden Lose Afghanistan?

It is now clear that there was no Afghan state, no government, no military. These were convenient fictions, phantasms, if you will, that were invoked by successive administrations to justify America’s presence as an occupying power. But no sooner did Biden pullout than the entire Potemkin village came crashing down. Read More Here

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Regional Powers And The Afghanistan Question

The US withdrawal from Afghanistan today also reinforces the strongly held conviction in Beijing that the US is in terminal decline. Coming at a time when China is offering an alternative to the Western model of domestic and international governance, the US defeat in Afghanistan will be seen in Beijing as a great ideological victory. […]

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