Afghanistan Series

The South Asian Strategic Stability Institute (SASSI) is a premier institute of higher learning for policy making and is dedicated towards promoting peace and stability in South Asia. South Asian Strategic Stability Institute (SASSI) is embarking upon an informative and interactive series about Afghanistan, encompassing the ongoing war, impact on Pakistan, Afghanistan and other countries, road map to peace and stability and related issues concerning Afghanistan, starting September 2017 and will continue throughout the year.   

 

This will consist of three activities, an in-house talk by the specialist on 14th of every month, Afghan Weekly Review and SASSI AFGHAN REPORTS.

 

The South Asian Strategic Stability Institute (SASSI) university is delighted to announce the new SASSI Afghan Series; this will take into account the developments in Afghanistan and in the region, linked to the larger security imbroglio in Afghanistan and its repercussions on Pakistan in specific and the response from the region in general.  The series aims to fill the gap of Pakistan’s priorities and the Pakistani perspective on the changing dynamics of Afghanistan.

 

The series is aimed to provide the Pakistani, Afghan and other prospect Afghan specialists a platform to not only discuss their ideas but also to provide an insight on the developments in Afghanistan as key to the security in the region.

 

The ongoing‘war against terrorism’ (operation enduring freedom) initiated by the US and Allies against Taliban regime in October 2001 have had long-term effects not only on the future of Afghanistan but also on the security prospects of Pakistan. After approximately seventeen years war in Afghanistan, the prospects of peace are still unrealized, the region in general and Af-Pak in specific remain unsafe and insecure till to date.

 

Losing thousands of innocent lives, millions in cash and damaging the structural and social fabric of both Pakistan and Afghan societies, the year 2017 is still flexing muscles to deal with the possibility of engagement of additional regional stakeholders in Afghanistan security matrix.

 

The possibility of an increase in re-inducting more US forces and private contractors to bring peace in Afghanistan is perhaps the new challenge faced by the security interlocutors of Afghanistan; be it the Afghan government, the Taliban or the regional and extra-regional players.

 

The new emerging security scenario in Afghanistan requires an honest and critical appraisal of the strategies being employed in Afghanistan, their effects and their likely hood of success and failure when matched with a view from the region and on ground realities.

Conferences

A roundtable conference on “Pak-Afghan Relations” was held at the South Asian Strategic Stability Institute (SASSI) headquarters. Renowned guests included an Afghan delegation which comprised of prominent personalities in the fields of journalism, policy making and politics.

SASSI hosted a roundtable conference which was titled on Pakistan-Afghanistan relations. The conference which was titled, “Deteriorating Pak-Afghan Trust & Implications for the Region”, was held at SASSI Islamabad Regional Headquarters. The conference was attended by prestigious members of the diplomatic and political circles.

Weekly Review

17th September

  Afghan weekly review 04th September – 10th September Political Developments / Events Top Pakistani general calls the expanding war in Afghanistan ‘collective failures’ Pakistan’s Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, said Afghanistan’s problems lie within Afghanistan and there is no military solution to the problems of Afghanistan as outside […]

10th September

  Afghan weekly review 04th September – 10th September Political Developments / Events Top Pakistani general calls the expanding war in Afghanistan ‘collective failures’ Pakistan’s Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, said Afghanistan’s problems lie within Afghanistan and there is no military solution to the problems of Afghanistan as outside […]

04th September

  Afghan weekly review 28th August – 04th September Political Developments / Events Frustrated with new US strategy, Pakistani FM claims Afghan forces sell US weapons The foreign minister of Pakistan, Khwaja Muhammad Asif, has claimed that the Afghan security forces are selling the US supplied weapons. He also claimed that almost 40 percent of […]

27th August

  Afghan weekly review 20th August – 27th August Political Developments / Events Rising tensions among prominent Afghan political leaders amid deteriorating security The tensions among Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the emir of Hezb-e-Islami, and Atta Mohammad Noor, the chief executive of Jamiat-e-Islami intensified during the recent days and particularly after the arrest of Balkh provincial council […]

Editors

Brigadier Ishaq Ahmed (retd)

Director

Zeeshan Javed

Research Fellow