Cutting Financial Aid to Pakistan May Not Bring Peace to Afghanistan

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by Fatemeh Aman A new report by the State Department on terrorism criticizes Pakistan for failing to prevent terrorist groups, especially the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani Network (HQN), from using Pakistan as a safe haven. But the reality is that… Continue Reading  

Can Pakistan Play Iran-Saudi Peacemaker?

Imran Khan at a 2016 press conference (Jahanzaib Naiyyer / Shutterstock.com)

by Fatemeh Aman With new Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan having taken office on August 18, Iran is attempting to reset its relationship with its eastern neighbor. Iran was one of the first countries to congratulate Khan. It staged an… Continue Reading  

More Bad News for Iran as Afghan Water Dispute Heats up

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by Fatemeh Aman As Iran’s domestic tensions in some regions are on the rise over water shortages and persistent drought, the country has another challenge to overcome: a dispute over transboundary waters with its South Asian neighbor, Afghanistan. The good… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Environment: The Grass Beneath Two Fighting Elephants

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by Fatemeh Aman U.S. sanctions aimed at making Iran act like a “normal country” have had a disastrous effect on Iran’s environment and that of the entire region for generations to come. A famous proverb of Kenya’s Kikuyu people warns:… Continue Reading  

Worsening Relations between Iran and Afghanistan?

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by Fatemeh Aman According to The New York Times, Iran is sending weapons on helicopters to help the Taliban destabilize Afghanistan. Iran is sabotaging Afghan markets to promote Iranian goods, stealing Afghanistan’s water, attempting to bomb Afghan dams, and even… Continue Reading