Articles by: "Mohammed Ayoob"
Enemy of my enemy: Iran and the Taliban

The Taliban victory and the American exit from Afghanistan have shuffled the pack in the region in multiple ways. Several of Afghanistan’s neighbours with major stakes in the country have reacted to these developments with …

The Taliban’s foreign dilemmas

The world, including countries with major stakes in Afghanistan, has come to terms with the return of the Taliban to power. Now the Taliban must come to terms with the world. However, both internal and …

Afghanistan comes full circle

Afghanistan has come full circle. Twenty years after having been evicted from Kabul by US and allied forces, the Taliban are back in control of the Afghan capital and most of the rest of the …

India’s Afghanistan quandary

America has cut and run. Pakistan and China are rubbing their hands in glee waiting to move in to fill the vacuum in Afghanistan left by the United States. Russia and Iran, although wary of …

The beginning of a new intifada?

The latest round of Palestinian unrest and the de facto state of war between Israel and Hamas is the most serious flare up on the Israel–Palestine front since the Israeli invasion of Gaza in 2014. …

Turkey and Iran: frenemies in the Middle East

Turkish and Iranian interests coincide in the fields of energy and trade, especially because of Turkey’s dependence on Iranian oil and gas and Iran’s imports of Turkish goods. The two countries also align in their …