Arif Rafiq is president of Vizier Consulting, LLC, a political risk advisory company focused on the Middle East and South Asia.
While organised, armed opposition to Taliban rule in Afghanistan has largely ceased, the one exception is the local affiliate of the so-called Islamic State.
The partisan gap on Israel-Palestine is consistent with the broader values gap that has widened between Democrats and Republicans over the past two decades.
India’s arrival as a global power is prematurely pronounced and is emblematic of a pattern replayed in recent years.
The sooner America’s national security elite accepts that US leverage over the Taliban has eroded, the better its chances of a successful withdrawal - for all parties involved - will be.
The US is mired in a period of fitna — a term used in the Islamic tradition to describe eras of socio-political tumult. It began before Trump took office. And it will outlive him.
The US will need to focus on bilateral relationships in the Indian Subcontinent rather than relying on India as its guide.
A Trump defeat could alter Afghanistan's trajectory, but it won't necessarily change Ghani's fortunes.
Western elites had been souring on Modi. But after this month’s clashes with China, they’re giving him a second look.
Trump is set to visit the state of Gujarat just days before the anniversary of the anti-Muslim pogroms that took place under Narendra Modi’s watch.
Efforts to secure a durable political settlement to the Afghanistan war coincide and conflict with an uncertain political transition in the country.
A caretaker government staffed by respected officials and ministers should preside over the elections to ensure that Afghanistan doesn't face another crisis ahead of a high stakes election.
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