Afghanistan


Could The New Zealand SAS Be Responsible For War Crimes In Afghanistan?

Last week, journalist Nicky Hager launched his latest book, Hit and Run, about New Zealand Special Air Service raids on villages in Afghanistan. The book centres around allegations that New Zealand SAS may have been involved in war crimes during deployment in Afghanistan. The book describes Operation Burnham, a New Zealand-led raid […]


Security Council Extends Mandate Of UN Mission In Afghanistan

A UN Security Council resolution has extended the mandate of its mission (known commonly as UNAMA) in Afghanistan until March 17th of next year, whilst calling on the Afghan government, with international support, to tackle the threat posed by extremist groups, such as the Taliban, Al-Qaida, Islamic State, and other groups. […]


US Army General Suggests Russia May Be Supplying The Taliban

According to a top US Army general, Russia may be arming Taliban militants fighting against the U.S backed Afghani government. U.S. Army General Curtis Scaparrotti told a NATO committee in Europe on Thursday Russian influence had increased in the region, and could potentially extend to the support of the Taliban. […]


Trump Administration Hosts Anti-ISIS Summit

President Donald Trump has invited 68 coalition nation’s fighting with Islamic State to meet in Washington. The Summit, which is a ministerial-level gathering of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS, is led by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. It has been two years fighting against ISIS, and this meeting will […]


Taliban Attacks Border Posts Between Pakistan-Afghanistan

The Pakistani Taliban faction attempted to carry out an attack on border posts between Afghanistan and Pakistan on the 17th of March, 2017. Eight people, including two Pakistani soldiers, have been killed in a raid on a Pakistani military border post in the Khyber tribal area, according to the Pakistan […]


UN Urged To Add Afghan Forces To List Of Violators Of Childrens’ Rights

The Watchlist on Children in Armed Conflict released a report titled “Every Clinic is on the Frontline: The Impact on Children of Attacks on Health Care in Afghanistan” on Monday, March 6. This report evaluates the deleterious impact on children of attacks on health care clinics and personnel between January […]


The Retreat Of International Law

Despite the discussions of rule-based systems in governing maritime security, recent events seem to point to the erosion of influence of international law and supranational organizations. Instead, a resurgence of states in international affairs appears to be more than likely as global integration recedes and nationalists reassert themselves in national […]


Afghanistan-Pakistan Relations: Making Sense of The Tension, Origins of The Taliban and Why Afghan Refugees Are Being Sent Home

The diplomatic relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan has diminished significantly in the recent years, as each country accuses the other of harbouring armed opposition. Pakistan has chosen to expel hundreds of thousands Afghan refugees back to their home nation, labelled as the world’s largest unlawful mass forced return of refugees […]


Pakistan-Afghanistan Tensions Heighten After Suicide Attack

Pakistan has launched multiple raids and attacks against militants, allegedly killing 100, in response to a recent suicide bombing at a Sufi shrine. The suicide attack on the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine killed at least 88 people and wounded over 200, making it the deadliest attack of the past two […]