Junyang Hu, Research Fellow, Intellisia Institute
Jun 07, 2021
In Afghanistan, the withdrawal of American troops is far easier said than done. Overlapping factors complicate the matter so se-verely that it may not be possible for the U.S. to achieve its goals in a few months. A quagmire will be left behind in any case, and who will be responsible for the human toll?
Wang Zhen, Research Professor, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences
May 08, 2021
Pulling out of Afghanistan is a fraught prospect. The country is awash in terrorists, and groups will rise quickly again. A hurried withdrawal may also trigger a humanitarian crisis, resulting in greater damage to the international status and image of the United States.
Wu Zhenglong, Senior Research Fellow, China Foundation for Int'l Studies
Mar 07, 2019
US delegates met with the Taliban this month in what resulted in the most comprehensive discussions between the two sides to date. Despite this progress, no breakthroughs were made, and negotiators must persist. Patience is a necessary attribute when on a course towards peace.
He Wenping, Senior Fellow, Charhar Institute
Sep 08, 2017
Although some have derided Trump’s Afghan strategy as being “old wine in a new bottle,” his policy actually contains quite a few new elements that are conducive to peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region.
Chen Jimin, Guest Researcher, Center for Peace and Development Studies, China Association for International Friendly Contact
Sep 08, 2017
President Donald Trump’s speech on August 21 lays out his new strategy for winning in Afghanistan.
Richard Weitz, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute
Jan 13, 2017
This year could see a major shakeup in the China-U.S. interaction in Afghanistan and Central Asia. Until now, the relationships in these regions between China and the United States, and between China and Russia, has been better than the Russian-American rivalry in Central Asia. But if the new Trump administration succeeds in improving Russian-U.S. relations, or decides to cut back on the U.S. military commitment in Afghanistan, China’s bargaining leverage vis-à-vis Russia in Central Asia will decline.
Fu Xiaoqiang, Director, Institute of Security and Arms Control, CICIR
Dec 04, 2014
As China assists in Afghanistan’s reconstruction, some U.S. experts describe China as a “free-rider” in global conflict, despite the interests China shares with the U.S. in promoting peace and stability in the “Eurasian crossroads.” Sino-Afghan cooperation is not a zero-sum game where China gains and the U.S. loses. Instead, cooperation benefits both.
Zhao Gancheng, Senior Fellow, Shanghai Institutes for Int'l Studies
May 31, 2012
The NATO Summit in Chicago was held between May 20-21 with the background of noisy demonstrations to protest against the Afghan war that has lasted for more than 10 years. Actually, how to deal with the issue was on the top agenda at the Summit for both President Obama and other NATO leaders. There are plenty of reasons that the U.S. wants to discuss the Afghan issue with the members of NATO and other partners in the first place.