Issue Brief on “From Pariahs to Partners? Russia’s Critical Re-evaluation of the Taliban”


In a significant shift that captures the complex interplay of geopolitics and the ever-evolving landscape of international relations, Russia is reportedly contemplating the removal of the Taliban from its list of terrorist organizations, as revealed in a recent TASS report.[1]

This potentially transformative development marks a major departure from Moscow’s longstanding position and underscores Russia’s strategic re-evaluation of its role and interests in the Afghan quagmire.

While this move could recalibrate regional dynamics and offer a new paradigm for engagement in Afghanistan, it harbours a profound caveat: the necessity for Moscow to proceed with circumspection.

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