Afghanistan: On the Eve of a Religious War?

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by Fatemeh Aman The Islamic State (ISIS or IS) recently threatened the Shia Hazara minority in Afghanistan with more attacks in retaliation for fighting in Syria in defense of President Bashar Al-Assad’s regime. “Unless they stop going to Syria and… Continue Reading  

India Between Iran and Saudi Arabia

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by Fatemeh Aman During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Saudi Arabia that began on April 3, India and Saudi Arabia signed agreements on financial intelligence-sharing, terrorism financing, and trade and investment. According to the joint statement, the two countries… Continue Reading  

The Iran Deal and South Asia

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by Fatemeh Aman The agreement between Iran and world powers may be making Iran’s Arab neighbors nervous, but for South Asian countries with energy worries, it has come as a relief. The lifting of sanctions on Iran could mean economic… Continue Reading  

Can Afghan Women’s Achievements Survive the Peace Talks?

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Women from the first graduating class of the Afghan National Army Female Officer Candidate School stand for the playing of the national anthem during their graduation ceremony, Sept. 23, 2010. Twenty-nine Afghan women completed 20 weeks of training, which included 8 weeks of basic training and 12 weeks of advanced training in logistics and finance. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Laura R. McFarlane/Released)

by Fatemeh Aman As peace talks between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban enter a new phase and hopes of reaching a sustainable deal increase, concerns are increasing that gains made by Afghan women over the last decade could… Continue Reading  

The Islamic State and Afghanistan

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by Fatemeh Aman As Afghanistan continues its slide into fertile ground for the Islamic State (ISIS or IS), the spokesperson for the governor of the Pakistani border province of Nangarhar confirmed to the BBC on July 6 that drone attacks… Continue Reading