Instead of recognizing that the protests are an angry and predictable response to the government’s own policies, President Tokayev has conjured the specter of an external aggressor.
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The Taliban's pledge of “inclusivity” could exclude many of its more radical elements, raising the risk they will seek partnerships with terrorist groups like al-Qaida.
The Kremlin may now hold the key to a continued U.S. presence in Afghanistan with an offer to allow American troops the use of Russian military bases in Central Asia.
Afghanistan’s neighbors — Pakistan, Iran, China, India and the Central Asian countries — are wondering just how much it will cost them to maintain security after the United States is gone.
A high-ranking Taliban delegation visited Turkmenistan on Feb. 6, promising to support the project, an indication the U.S., which backs the pipeline, may have facilitated the trip.
The problem is that China, the largest sovereign lender in the world, is not a member, because other leading creditors complain that its loans and lending conditions are not transparent.