Neighbourhood Studies
What does a Seat in the UN's Commission on Women mean for Afghan Women?

For the first time, Afghanistan has secured a seat in the UN Commission on Status of Women (CSW) for a four year term.1 India was the other country to have secured a seat for the 2012-2025 term. The CSW is a pivotal international intergov

China’s Expanding role in Afghanistan

As the United States plans to confront China in regions such as Indo-Pacific, it ingenuously is paving the way for Beijing’s rising influence at the heart of the Eurasian continent, i.e. Afghanistan. China’s primary aim in Afghanistan is to ensur

Pursuit of ‘Peace’ brings some of the last Hindus and Sikhs of Afghanistan to India

On 26th July, 11 members of the Hindu and Sikh communities of Afghanistan reached New Delhi after being granted priority visas by the Indian Embassy in Kabul.1 In the light of decades of persecution and the relentless attacks in the recent

Afghanistan: Taliban abandons the 'peace talks'

Amid the global pandemic, when the countries are fighting for their very survival, the war in Afghanistan is slowly simmering. On Tuesday, the Taliban directed their negotiating team to end the ongoing discussions with the Afghan government on 'priso

अमेरिका-तालिबान के बीच सैन्य निकासी समझौता

18 महीने की बातचीत के बाद अमेरिका-तालिबान ने 29 फरवरी को 30 देशों और अंतरराष्ट्रीय संगठनों के प्रति

US-Taliban troop withdrawal deal

After 18 months of negotiations, the US-Taliban signed the troop withdrawal deal in Doha on February 29 in the presence of representatives from 30 countries and international organisations, signalling the end of the 18-year old war in the country. Th

2019: A Year of Missed Opportunities for Afghanistan

The year 2019 ended for Afghanistan on a more chaotic and disappointing note because of two major reasons: a) failure in achieving any major breakthrough in the ongoing peace process with the Taliban, specifically in relation to the ceasefire and int

Afghanistan Presidential Election: Analysing the Preliminary results

Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC) has finally announced the preliminary results of the Presidential elections held in Afghanistan on 28 September 2019. The results, though not final, gave a thin majority to the incumbent President

Afghanistan: Reopening of peace talks

President Trump, during his surprise visit to Afghanistan on 28 November, has once again shifted the contour of US foreign policy towards the Taliban by declaring that the US has renewed the peace talks with the armed group. What is unique in this re

Deadlock in Afghanistan

In a dramatic turn of events, the US President announced in a tweet on September 7 that he has called-off the secret meeting with the Taliban leaders at Camp David, and ended the peace talks with the armed group.1 Further, keeping alive th

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