Central Asia


  • EPC | 05 Oct 2020

    Russia’s Position on the Renewal of Conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh

    ​With the intensification of the confrontations between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region in late September 2020, Russia initially refrained from making quick statements or moves with regard to this development. However, the intensification and expansion of the battles prompted Moscow to move and make active contacts with both the Azerbaijani and Armenian sides of the conflict, in addition to Turkey, and also with international actors, such as France, which co-chairs the Minsk Group.

  • Ahmad Diyab | 08 Jun 2020

    Reconciliation in Afghanistan: Complications and Prospects

    Following the signing of the peace agreement between the Afghan Taliban and the USA on February 29, 2020, most observers expected the violence in the country to subside, paving the way for negotiations among the Afghan people. No tangible progress in the Afghan reconciliation process — particularly the dialogue between President Ashraf Ghani’s government and the Taliban — has been achieved thus far, however.

  • Ahmad Diyab | 01 Apr 2020

    The Afghan Presidential Crisis and Prospects of its Resolution

    This paper sheds light on the background and drivers of the Afghan presidential crisis between the current president Mohamed Ashraf Ghani and his bitter rival Abdullah Abdullah who again rejected the results of the recent presidential elections, declaring that he will seek to form a parallel government. The paper attempts to explore the prospects of the resolution of the crisis in light of the latest developments.

  • Mohamed Fayez Farahat | 03 Mar 2020

    US-Taliban Agreement: Content and Challenges

    On 29 February 2020, the United States and the Afghan Taliban signed an “historic” peace deal, paving the way for US and NATO forces to leave Afghanistan within 14 months, provided that the Taliban fulfil their obligations under the deal. This paper will examine the contents of the deal and the problems that it faces, including the areas on which it is silent, which may pose a challenge during the process of building peace and stability in Afghanistan.