There is a lot to unpack in terms of how New Delhi and Washington each views Pakistan’s role in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani’s upcoming visit to India will not resemble those of his predecessor. In contrast to Hamid Karzai, the new Afghan president does not seem to have the image of a great friend of India.
In his first visit to Washington since taking over as the U.S. ambassador to India, Ambassador Richard Verma discussed how the bilateral strategic partnership has moved into a new “strategic plus” phase, and what must be done to sustain the momentum that is transforming and deepening the two countries’ ties.
India’s latest budget has generated huge interest in its ability to set the country on a path of sustained and rapid growth.
In the past year, Beijing has become more diplomatically engaged with Afghanistan, raising the potential for China to play a helpful role in Afghanistan’s future economic and security prospects.
As America reduces its military burden in Afghanistan, China’s deepening involvement there was marked by the launch of a new official forum in Kabul last week.
Mangala Samaraweera, newly appointed foreign minister of Sri Lanka, presented the priorities of the new government and discussed the challenges ahead as parliamentary elections approach.
Devastation caused by corruption is one of Afghanistan’s most serious problems.
From the Islamic State in Iraq to Boko Haram in Nigeria, corruption lies at the root of many of today’s international crises.
Systemic corruption is a great destabilizing force in governments around the world.