Plan B in Afghanistan: Why a De Facto Partition Is the Least Bad Option

Summary: There are no easy or cost-free ways to escape the current quagmire in Afghanistan. Although it has problems, a de facto partition of Afghanistan, in which Washington pursues nation building in the north and counterterrorism in the south, offers an acceptable fallback.

Current U.S. policy toward Afghanistan Continue reading

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A Paradigm Shift on the Chessboard of the Afghan “Great Game”

Ever since Pakistan began lobbying against Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai’s efforts to build a long-term strategic partnership with the U.S.,urging him to look to Pakistan instead — and its Chinese ally — for help in striking a peace deal with the Taliban and rebuilding the Afghan economy, it was perceived to be Pakistan calling the shots Continue reading

The Boy Mir / Ten Years In Afghanistan

ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: DARI

Ten years in Afghanistan.

Ten years of war and destruction and ten years of one little boy’s life. Continue reading

Turkic world should create own Schengen area, Turkish PM says

Turkic countries should create a visa-free travel zone to enhance connections and trade, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Tuesday following the signing of an agreement to lift visa restrictions between Turkey and Kyrgyzstan.

“Turkish citizens will be able to visit Kyrgyzstan with their passports without a need for visas and vice versa. Continue reading

Hungary And Upper Karabakh

The massacre by Armenians of the Azerbaijani Turks in the Upper- Karabakh is on the agenda of the Hungarian parliament.

Hungary’s third biggest party Jobbik is the sponsor of the proposal. Continue reading

The New Colonialism

What we are observing in Libya is the rebirth of colonialism.  Only this time it is not individual European governments competing for empires and resources. The new colonialism operates under the cover of “the world community,” which means NATO and those countries that cooperate with it. NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Continue reading

Afghanistan: The “Great Game” of Deceit

The Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon, at the beginning of the 20th century aptly described Afghanistan as “a piece on the chessboard on which is being played out the game for domination of the world.” At that time, the Great Game was being played between Czarist Russia and Imperialist Britain. At the end of the 20th century, Continue reading

Afghanistan Parliament Elects House Speaker

Afghan lawmakers Sunday made it to elect head of the Afghan House of Representatives.

Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, (Uzbek Turks ethnic group) a fellow candidate from South Turkistan (northern Afghanistan)  Kunduz province, swept majority of votes in the parliament and won house speaker seat after more than a month Continue reading

The Democrat ‘Sultan’ of Kazakhstan

“Today, without dramatizing the situation in those years, I openly declare you that in the beginning of the 1990’s, we were on the edge of a cliff.” This sentence was uttered by Nursultan Nazarbayev ten years after the declaration of independence of Kazakhstan. Continue reading

Kabul Palace: A Theatrically-Corrupt Fortress

The old Kabul Royal Palace is also given the name “Arg,” the Turkish word for citadel built by King Abdul Rahman (a.k.a The Iron Amir) in 1883 for, as he said in his autobiography, “I, as King of the county, had to face the difficulty of having no house to live in… Until the time I built a new palace for myself, I lived in tents Continue reading

Afshar Massacre will never ever forgot

Afshar Massacred by Ahmad shah Masoud and Sayaf in 1993

According to The Guardian, November 16, 2001: “On February 11, 1993, Massoud and Sayyaf’s forces entered the Hazara suburb of Afshar, killing – by local accounts – “up to 1,000 civilians”, beheading old men, Continue reading

95 Taliban Join Peace and Reintegration Process in Jawzjan

Shibirghan (22 Jan) – 95 members of Taliban operating in Kosh Tepah and Derzab districts of Jawzjan Province have surrendered their weapons and joined the peace and reintegration process on 22 January. According to the Provincial Government sources, Continue reading

Thousands of Afghan asylum seekers face deportation

AUSTRALIA has the green light to deport thousands of Afghan asylum seekers after reaching a historic agreement with the Afghan government.

The Immigration Minister, Chris Bowen, signed a memorandum of understanding Continue reading

Experts warn of risks for Turkey in mediating with Taliban

The recent push by some international actors in Afghanistan for Turkey to help mediate a possible reconciliation process with the Taliban has prompted experts to warn about the risks of undertaking such a mission. Continue reading

The Middle East’s Turko-Persian future

The center of gravity in the Middle East has shifted dramatically in the past few decades from the Arab heartland comprising Egypt and the Fertile Crescent to what was once considered the non-Arab periphery — Turkey and Iran. Continue reading

The Turkish Role in Negotiations with Iran

The P-5+1 talks with Iran will resume Jan. 21-22. For those not tuned into the obscure jargon of the diplomatic world, these are the talks between the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council (the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia), plus Germany — hence, P-5+1. These six countries will be negotiating with one country, Iran. The meetings will take place in Istanbul Continue reading

The Frailty of the Afghan War

As C.S. Lewis says, “We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.”

The Obama administration has found “fragile” but “reversible” progress in its one year Continue reading

Turkestan and the Fate of the Russian Empire

The central argument of this book is that the half-century of Russian rule in Central Asia was shaped by traditions of authoritarian rule, by Russian national interests, and by a civic reform agenda that brought to Turkestan the principles that informed Alexander II’s reform policies. This civilizing mission sought to lay the foundations for a rejuvenated, ‘modern’ empire, unified by imperial citizenship, patriotism, and a shared secular culture. Evidence for Brower’s thesis is drawn from major archives in Uzbekistan Continue reading

Massacre of Hazara Turks in Bamyan

Mass Killing during the Military Operation of Taliban:

The Taliban first time entered Bamyan city 13th September, 1998 after short fighting on Aghrubut pass. On 15-17 September the Taliban launched search in Bamyan villages to find out suspect people. Continue reading

‘Basmachi’: Turkistan National Liberation Movement 1916-1930s

The “formal” beginning of the “Basmachi” movement is usually associated with the tsarist Imperial Decree of 25 June 1916, which ordered the first non-voluntary recruitment of Central Asians into the army during the First World War. The movement was a reaction not only to conscription, Continue reading

Afghan Election: Conflict between Democracy and Terrorism in Ghazni

The Afghanistan Election Commission announced final results for 33 of Afghanistan’s provinces plus the results of 10 special seats for Kuchi Pashtuns in the lower house. However, in a blatant swipe at democracy, the final tally from the province of Ghazni is still pending and the election commission has said Continue reading

Afghanistan: Last Tango in Lisbon

NATO’s meeting to build political consensus across the alliance for the post-2011 phase of “gradually” handing over security responsibilities to the Afghan forces will be on the table in Lisbon this week. According to NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, “The aim is for Afghan forces to be in the lead, countrywide, of security operations by the end of 2014” Continue reading

Turkic world eyes ’1 nation with 6 states’

A landmark summit of Turkic-speaking countries closed on Thursday in İstanbul with participants declaring firm will for building regional peace, stability and welfare through a newly-established Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States, but not only looking after the interests of the participant states.

Along with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Continue reading