China has invested in security forces along Afghanistan’s border. Photo: AFP
Raffaello Pantucci
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Raffaello Pantucci

Does Beijing grasp the portent of embracing Afghanistan and the Taliban?

  • Raffaello Pantucci says it is not clear that Beijing fully appreciates the role it is taking on by trying to broker peace in strife-torn Afghanistan

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China has invested in security forces along Afghanistan’s border. Photo: AFP
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Afghans wait to be served at a restaurant in the capital Kabul, on January 30. As the US draws closer to a deal with the Taliban, many Afghan women are defiant at the thought of losing any of the hard-won progress they have made in the deeply patriarchal country since the Islamists were toppled in 2001. Photo: AFP

Seven steps to lasting peace in Afghanistan – if the US, Afghans and Taliban can walk them

  • Many hurdles must be overcome before a final and permanent accord is struck. Given the distrust, and the heavy toll of a 17-year war, the task won’t be easy
Topic |   Afghanistan

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Afghans wait to be served at a restaurant in the capital Kabul, on January 30. As the US draws closer to a deal with the Taliban, many Afghan women are defiant at the thought of losing any of the hard-won progress they have made in the deeply patriarchal country since the Islamists were toppled in 2001. Photo: AFP
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