Why Russia and China Are Expanding Their Roles in Afghanistan
Sep 5, 2018 | 09:00 GMT
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- The shared threat of an Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan will drive Pakistan and Russia into a closer partnership as Moscow strengthens its leverage over the Afghan negotiations.
- Pakistan's national security imperatives mean it will always choose to promote a sympathetic government in Kabul, even if this choice means relations with the United States deteriorate.
- China's expanding diplomatic and economic profile make it likely that Beijing will establish a limited and localized military presence in Afghanistan.