Monday, February 11, 2019

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 11, 2019

Ruchi Kumar and Hikmatullah Noori, Asia Times: Afghans upset at being left out of peace talks

US-Taliban talks raise fears that political and social progress in recent years may be lost

The recent round of talks between the US government and Taliban leaders in Qatar has renewed hopes for peace in Afghanistan, a country plagued by nearly four decades of war.

However, peace talks with the militant group also raised concerns among Afghan citizens with regard to the political and social achievements of the last 18 years, made after the fall of the Taliban in 2001.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 11, 2019

Afghanistan Backlash: What to Expect in the Aftermath of the West's Departure -- Michael Rubin, National Interest

Trump-Kim summit to focus on NKorea nuke complex, US rewards -- Hyung-Jin Kim, AP

Donald Trump's Real Foreign Policy Has Arrived -- Jacob Heilbrunn, National Interest

‘All options’ has little meaning when it comes to U.S. military intervention -- William M. Arkin, Military Times Times

How a Forever War Ends -- Kori Schake, The Atlantic

Iran's revolution: Political quake still shaking Middle East -- AFP

Australia ramps up rivalry with China for influence in the Pacific -- Natalie Whiting and Stephen Dziedzic, ABC News Online

Taiwan's Balancing Act -- Eric Heginbotham & Rajan Menon, National Interest

No-deal Brexit could sink much of Asia -- David Hutt, Asia Times

Gas, guns and pragmatism: Putin’s foreign policy -- Alexander Kruglov, Asia Times

How Venezuela Turns Its Useless Bank Notes Into Gold -- Pons & Ramirez, Reuters

Venezuela Crisis: Why China Will Ultimately Turn On Maduro -- Santiago Villa, El Espectador/World Crunch

As El Chapo deliberations drag on, the unthinkable is asked – can he get off? -- Ed Vulliamy, The Guardian

Why is the El Chapo jury taking so long -- Ruth Brown, NYPost

German Regulators Just Outlawed Facebook's Whole Ad Business -- Emily Dreyfus, Wired

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