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.
My latest piece, available here, looks at allegations that Russia paid bounties to Taliban-linked militants in Afghanistan to target US and coalition forces.
My new essay for the Royal Society of Asian Affairs considers the impact of coronavirus on Afghanistan.
It has been suggested that Iran might sabotage the Afghan peace process in retaliation for the Soleimani killing. But this is unlikely, I argue here.
I recently had the opportunity to interview Pakistan’s former ambassador to the US, Sherry Rehman, on the sidelines of a recent conference on Kashmir in Ankara. Read the article here.
Afghanistan’s recent presidential election could do more harm than good by producing a disputed result at a time of growing instability in the country, I argue here.
I have another piece out today, on the transformation of the Afghan Taliban from an isolated, parochial group into an increasingly global movement.
My latest assesses the risk of a Saudi-Iran proxy war in Afghanistan.
My latest looks at the surprisingly close relationship between China and the Afghan Taliban.