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Uzbekistan's Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov (L) with Tajikistani President Emomali Rahmon (Source:

Uzbekistan Determined to Improve Relations With Its Neighbors

Uzbekistan’s diplomats may never have been quite as busy as Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov has been in just the past several weeks. In addition to attending or hosting a series of routine meetings, Kamilov has also become a goodwill ambassador for Uzbekistan’s interim president, Prime... MORE
Presidents Ilham Aliyev (L), Vladimir Putin (C) and Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) at the World Energy Congress, Istanbul (Source:

Azerbaijan Strengthens Its Energy Position in Turkey

Top decision makers, opinion leaders and CEOs of the world’s largest energy companies, including BP, Gazprom, Shell and Total, convened in Istanbul, on October 9–13, for the 23rd World Energy Congress. High-level officials, including 56 ministers from various countries around the globe, also attended the... MORE
Afghan military outpost in Kunudz (Source: Reuters)

Security Situation Along Afghan-Tajik Border Alarms Regional Powers

Two high-ranking Russian security officials—General Nikolai Patrushev, the secretary of the Security Council of Russia, and General Nikolai Bordyuzha, secretary general of the Moscow-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO)—recently paid official visits to Tajikistan within days of one another. Generals Patrushev and Bordyuzha met with... MORE
Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, center (Source: al-Jazeera)

Our Kind of Warlord: Afghanistan’s Deal With Gulbuddin Hekmatyar

Hizb-e Islami Afghanistan (HIA), one of Afghanistan’s oldest jihadist factions and largest Islamic parties, concluded a comprehensive peace deal with the Afghan government on September 29. Speaker after speaker in the Afghan capital’s grand Arg presidential palace declared the deal “historic,” a milestone for restoring... MORE

Qari Abdul Rauf Asghar: The New Face of Jaish-e-Mohammad

The resurgence of the Islamist-Kashmiri terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) with the Pathan Kot Air Force Base attack in January 2016 was indeed disquieting. Seven security personnel and all five attackers were killed in the three-day skirmish (January 2-5) (Indian Express, May 3). JeM is infamous... MORE
Jamaat-ul-Ahrar leader Omar Khalid Khorasani (Center) (Source:

Pakistan’s Jamaat-ul-Ahrar: A Violent Domestic Threat

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA), once a disgruntled breakaway faction of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), has been behind a series of deadly attacks across Pakistan since March 2016, apparently contradicting the Pakistani Army’s claim to have eliminated terrorism from North Waziristan and the Khyber Agency through years of its... MORE