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Naila Mahsud

Naila Mahsud is a Pakistani political and International relations researcher, with a focus on regional politics and security issues. Twitter: @MahsudNaila

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Biden’s Afghanistan policy will upset a largely Taliban-centric peace process

Both Donald Trump and Joe Biden have said they want to pull American troops out of Afghanistan. But their approaches differ, and that makes all the difference.

November 09, 2020

Abdullah Abdullah's visit and new found trust in Pakistan

Abdullah Abdullah, Afghanistan’s chief peace envoy, has been more proactive in ending decades-long conflict in his country. With his recent visit to Islamabad it also appears that he is getting closer to Pakistan.

October 02, 2020

Can Jalalabad jailbreak impede Afghan peace process?

A recent mass jailbreak in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province raises significant questions as intra-Afghan negotiations are about to begin. Can it impede the peace process? Who would benefit from it?

August 15, 2020

Iran crimes against Afghan migrants must be accounted for

Refugees-- symbols of strength but hardship, products of the decisions made by invaders and sometimes, their own governments. Ever since the invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, millions of Afghans have fled to neighbouring countries for mere shelter, for a safe home.

June 20, 2020

India-China standoff: Has India become a threat to its neighbors?

When soldiers from the two most populous countries in the world, who spend more than $300 billion on their militaries have a stand-off, it is a thing of concern to many.

June 01, 2020

Can the Afghan Taliban address minorities’ and women’s issues?

Last month, the Afghan Taliban nominated a Shiite Muslim from the Hazara community as its chief in the district of Balkhab in the northern province of Sar-e-Pul. This has come as a surprise to many. 

May 10, 2020