Pakistan is attempting a highwire balancing act between a set of contradictory regional actors and in the process is showing how difficult it will be for the government to maintain the momentum.
1979 not only transformed the region but led to global repercussions still being felt 40 years later.
Pakistan has denied any involvement in suicide bombing in the Indian-administered Kashmir last week and has called for UN intervention while the country's Prime Minister Imran Khan says he wants stability.
As European Union member states are caught between NATO and an internal European defence union, more states might be turning towards bilateral arrangements that undermine the core principles of the EU.
As the war in Afghanistan winds down, China looks to make Afghanistan a bigger part of its regional ambitions.
EU countries are trying to figure out the issue of repatriating their Daesh citizens from Syria after US President Donald Trump threatened to release the captured fighters in the face of European inaction.
The Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan was one of the major events of the last century, and it was also one of the least understood.
Pakistan has been playing an increasingly vital role in the Afghanistan peace talks, which have been gathering momentum in recent months amid a growing US desire to pull out its troops.
Taliban demands release of and names Anas Haqqani as member of team holding direct talks with US, as Russian and US envoys to Afghanistan plan to discuss Afghanistan situation in Ankara later this month.
With increasing austerity, and a destabilised region, will Bouteflika's bid for a fifth presidential term amidst a fractured opposition jeopardise the country's future?
Pat Shanahan says he has no orders to reduce the US troop presence, although officials say that is at the top of the Taliban's list of demands in exploratory peace negotiations.
Military sources said the attack targeted the Forward Operation Base in Ngwom village, some 14 km north of the Borno state capital, Maiduguri.
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