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Dr. Simbal Khan

Dr. Simbal Khan is a political and security analyst and a South Central Asia specialist, with experience in regional security and development spanning 20 years. Her work has focused on issues related to trans-border militant movements in South Central Asia and the geo-politics of border spaces. She is also a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for International Strategic Studies (CISS) Islamabad.
Twitter: @simbalkh

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Why is China engaging with Afghanistan?

As President Donald Trump positions himself to end the longest war in US history, China is deepening its role in Afghanistan. There are various global and regional imperatives that are shaping China’s growing engagement within the country. 

January 08, 2019

With a second round of conversation, the trilateral meet holds promise for peace in Afghanistan

On December 15, the foreign ministers of China, Pakistan, and Afghanistan will hold their second round of talks during a trilateral meeting in Kabul to discuss the Afghan peace process.

December 15, 2018

Moscow meeting shows that efforts for peace in Afghanistan are gaining momentum

By all measures, 2018 is proving to be a unique year for Afghanistan. It has seen an unprecedented escalation in the 17-year-old war, waged by the resurgent Taliban group who have spread their influence in almost 43 percent of the country’s districts. 

November 14, 2018

Ceasefire offers renewed hope for Afghanistan peace deal

Pakistani military chief Qamar Bajwa’s Sunday trip to Kabul signals a new turning point in Pakistan-Afghanistan relations and has again revived hopes for a peace settlement in Afghanistan. 

June 17, 2018

Why did China announce its support for Pakistan’s missile development program?

While global attention has been focused on the geo-economic ramifications of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, recent developments in China-Pakistan military relations suggest certain shifts are under way within the regional strategic stability regime in South Asia.

April 10, 2018

A war within a war: The Taliban vs Daesh in Afghanistan

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani made his latest peace offer to the Taliban in Kabul on Feb.

March 11, 2018