Political Unrest

Pompeo leaves Kabul with no deal

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/24/20, 11:16 am

The United States will cut $1 billion of assistance to Afghanistan. After his urgent trip to the Islamic republic to revive a peace deal failed, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday said he might reduce other forms of cooperation unless Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his political rival Abdullah Abdullah agree to a power-sharing deal.

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Illustration by John Jay Cabuay

Weak countries with big bluffs

Q&A | China, Russia, and North Korea aren’t nearly as strong as they pretend to be
Posted 2/27/20, 03:31 pm

Since 2008 I’ve interviewed seven times international strategist George Friedman, chairman of Geopolitical Futures. We have different perspectives—he’s a materialist—but his analysis is valuable and his forecasts are often accurate. For example, when the United States a decade ago was emphasizing Libya, and Syria’s civil war tragedy had not yet begun, Friedman said our Libya focus was a mistake: Syria would be the crucial cockpit. Here are edited remarks from our visit last month. 

We hear China is so big, so strong, and so mighty. Is it?

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Associated Press/Photo by Jens Meyer

Afghanistan election contested

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 2/19/20, 12:08 pm

Ashraf Ghani won a second term as president with a little more than 50 percent of the vote in the Sept. 28, 2019, election, Afghanistan’s independent election commission declared on Tuesday. But his main opponent and the country’s chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah, refused to recognize the results, as did the Taliban.

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