The people of Afghanistan, torn by war, ethnic strife and geoeconomic contestation for their country’s rich natural resources, have paid by forsaking the assurances of daily life. But President Ashraf Ghani has shown them that normalcy can return and it is possible to hold regular elections. The author, a guest of the President and First Lady, travelled through the country in October 2018 to record her impressions of a resilient people who have reason to hope for a different future
The Russians have concluded that the Afghan Taliban offer a better shield against the Islamic State than the old Northern Alliance. A negotiated settlement in Afghanistan could be achieved if Washington and New Delhi join Moscow, Beijing, Islamabad and Tehran in a joint effort.
The August attack in Kabul and the now public disclosure of the death of Taliban leader Mullah Omar has caused Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to shift in outlook towards Pakistan. The "Pakistan-led" peace process is now tumbling like a house of cards backed implicitly by the United States.
Afghan president Ashraf Ghani visited India from April 27-29. Ghani accords a very different priority to India than his predecessors – both the timing and the outcome of his visit reflected this. He is choosing to play to Pakistan, by keeping India out of Afghanistan's security sector
As the U.S. prepares to leave Afghanistan and refocus on Europe, geopolitical configurations are set to change. India’s new prime minister Narendra Modi’s pragmatism—evident in his acceptance this week of Obama’s invitation to visit the U.S.—will be an asset in rebuilding bilateral ties in this evolving global order
Afghan Zariza, a news and analysis website carried a quote by Sameer Patil, Associate Fellow, National Security, Gateway House analysing the importance of collective efforts by all countries to meet the security challenges in Afghanistan, post the NATO drawdown
The Guardian newspaper carried a quote by Sameer Patil, Associate Fellow, National Security, Ethnic Conflict & Terrorism studies, Gateway House analysing the importance of successful elections in Afghanistan and its impact on the Taliban
Talks between India and the delegations visiting this week from Saudi Arabia and Iran revolved around defence, energy, trade, and regional security. High level visitors to India from Bahrain last week also focused on the economy. It is in India’s interests to carry forward this momentum even after the general elections
The Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers, an Afghan youth group, say Afghanistan must be self-reliant and not look to foreign powers for aid to rebuild their country. Gateway House’s Rajni Bakshi speaks to the group to find out about their vision for Afghanistan
Gateway House recently co-hosted the premiere show of the documentary ‘Frontier Gandhi’ in Mumbai. But do the ideals of non-violence have any active adherents in Afghanistan today? A search reveals a remarkable variety of passionate action in the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Badshah Khan