My latest story is a long read, with input from various experts, that examines the complicated relationship between the Afghan and Pakistani Taliban (TTP).
My latest essay in The National Interest argues that a Taliban seizure of Afghanistan could be devastating for Pakistan.
My new story, based on reports and interviews with various experts, examines why remittances to Pakistan defied expectations and increased during the pandemic, despite a slowdown in global economic activity.
2020 saw increased competition between India and China in the South Asia region. My new piece examines how things might play out this year.
My new piece for The National Interest examines the likely impact of Joe Biden’s presidency on Iran-Pakistan relations.
I have a long journal article out today at Asian Affairs examining the impact of coronavirus in South Asia. While the death toll and case load have so far been lower than anticipated, the economic, social and political consequences of the pandemic have already been devastating.
My latest piece examines growing tensions in the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
I’m quoted in this story about Pakistan’s tensions with Saudi Arabia over Kashmir in TRT World today:
““It’s certainly possible that Pakistan will participate in a meeting about Kashmir outside of the OIC framework,” says Rupert Stone, a Middle East analyst, adding that a forum of Muslim leaders that met in Malaysia last year can be an option…The Kuala Lumpur summit seemingly pressured the OIC into taking a more proactive stance on Kashmir, showing it is a useful mechanism for raising the issue,” says Stone.”
The investment and security deal currently being negotiated between Beijing and Tehran has provoked fears in the Indian media that China is trying to drive India out of Iran. But, in this essay for The National Interest, I argue that India’s Iranian investments are failing due to US sanctions, not Chinese expansionism.
The US and Iran have been holding quiet talks. That is good news for Afghanistan, I explain here.