Coronavirus and the prognosis for Afghanistan’s faux peace deal

by Rashmee

Posted on March 21, 2020


    Afghanistan is at a particularly unenviable moment as the coronavirus outbreak shuts down the planet. Its government is paralysed by a tense political power struggle, a supposed “peace deal” has been signed between the US and the Taliban and the coronavirus is affecting the promised withdrawal of US troops. Meanwhile, the impact of … Continue reading “Coronavirus and the prognosis for Afghanistan’s faux peace deal”

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Peace in Afghanistan? It’s September all over again

by Rashmee

Posted on January 18, 2020


Going by the news, the Taliban might be closer than at any point in a whole year of negotiations with the United States to signing a preliminary peace deal. But we have, of course, been here before. In September, Donald Trump reversed US approval for a deal that was all but signed. (Plans for the … Continue reading “Peace in Afghanistan? It’s September all over again”

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Biggest failure of the US-Taliban talks was the lack of preconditions

by Rashmee

Posted on September 10, 2019 / The National


Now that Donald Trump has peremptorily cancelled an unprecedented Camp David meeting with the Taliban, the Afghan peace negotiations remain just as impenetrable as the day they began 11 months ago. Where do they go from here, and should they go anywhere in the current format? What were the peace talks really about if the … Continue reading “Biggest failure of the US-Taliban talks was the lack of preconditions”

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An acting president, no plan for the future. What happens to Afghanistan now?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 7, 2019


Afghanistan technically has an acting president right now and no particular plan for the future. Ashraf Ghani’s five-year term expired on May 22, but he’s remained in the job and is even pursuing long-term projects such as boosting exports or cleaning up the Kabul River. An Afghan Supreme Court decision allows Mr Ghani to remain in … Continue reading “An acting president, no plan for the future. What happens to Afghanistan now?”

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America’s closing act in Afghanistan is playing out as both tragedy and farce

by Rashmee

Posted on June 5, 2019 / The National


Only the ignorant or incurably optimistic would be encouraged by the situation in Afghanistan right now. The Trump administration is heading for yet another round of talks with the Taliban in a stated attempt to “facilitate a peace process that ends the conflict”. President Ashraf Ghani, still in office although his five-year tenure ended on … Continue reading “America’s closing act in Afghanistan is playing out as both tragedy and farce”

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With stalemate on talks on the future of Afghanistan, who will steer a way forward?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 29, 2018 / The National


This week Russia announced it would postpone multilateral peace talks with the Taliban, originally scheduled for September 4 in Moscow. The announcement was a delayed embrace of common sense, considering the meeting could do little to bring about peace in Afghanistan. Both the Afghan and US governments had refused to attend. The Indians, wary of … Continue reading “With stalemate on talks on the future of Afghanistan, who will steer a way forward?”

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Mother of All Bombs reminds the world of Mother of American Failures in Afghanistan

by Rashmee

Posted on April 19, 2017


Donald Trump may not have intended this particular effect but the Mother of All Bombs, the 22,000-pound GBU-43 dropped on Afghanistan, has reminded people of America’s failure. Sixteen years on, thousands of deaths, trillions of dollars later, the US is still fighting the Afghan war. But who and what is it fighting? And for whom … Continue reading “Mother of All Bombs reminds the world of Mother of American Failures in Afghanistan”

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Why Commander-in-Chief Obama is leaving his troops in Afghanistan

by Rashmee

Posted on October 20, 2015


One has to feel for Barack Obama, Nobel Peace Prize winner, a man who once described war as an “expression of human folly” and who came into office determined to bring home American troops, close Guantanamo Bay and end the longest war. Now, the Obama administration has said that US troops will stay on in … Continue reading “Why Commander-in-Chief Obama is leaving his troops in Afghanistan”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK