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Although the United States and its allies have won two military victories in Afghanistan and Iraq, a few years down the track they are facing strategic defeat in both countries. In Iraq, where neo-conservative foreign policies all but buried the movement, a major shift in the regional power arrangement is emerging. In Afghanistan the US… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Over the past few years, China has become a major player in Central Asia’s oil & gas and in Afghanistan’s mining sector. Its investments in the region are an important part of its worldwide FDI strategy. To date, China’s biggest purchases of gas come from Turkmenistan. In 2009 the Chinese president inaugurated a gas pipeline… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Amid bombings and killings, low turn-out and allegations of large-scale ballot stuffing, the fourth post-Taliban elections took place on Saturday in Afghanistan. The official results are not yet known, but all the main foreign actors present in Afghanistan were – according to The Economist – quick to hail the elections’ “success”. The reason ? These… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Nation-building fiasco

The 2003 military action against Saddam Hussein’s regime was supposed to lessen the danger, for the West and especially for Israel, of state-sponsored terrorism. If the military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan were successful however, what followed could rightfully be called a fiasco. As of this month, for example, oil-rich Iraq has become a parliamentary… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

The Menace of Terrorism

The frontline states in the fight against global terrorism, Pakistan and Afghanistan, are two poor, non-Arabic Islamic nations. Every week, regular soldiers belonging to the Pakistani army or the coalition forces in Afghanistan are being killed by Talibans, whose guerrilla fighting tactics have been branded by military analysts as daring and innovative. Could Pakistan’s nuclear… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Extending the war in Irak will probably be regarded by pundits as the biggest foreign policy blunder the US has made in recent memory. Much as a consequence of it, the war in Afghanistan has been fought with less resolve, enabling Al-Qaida and the Talibans to regain their strength and challenge the Western forces present… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi