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Arif Rafiq

Arif Rafiq is a non-resident fellow at the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC and president of Vizier Consulting, LLC, a political risk advisory company focused on the Middle East and South Asia.

22 March 2019 09:40 AM

US-Taliban peace deal could be a victory for extremists

The US-Taliban peace talks held on Tuesday in Doha ended inconclusively, but are set to resume at an undecided later date in March. For the US, a political settlement with the Afghan Taliban is now a necessity.

06 December 2018 08:20 PM

Why Riyadh, Abu Dhabi should redouble efforts on connectivity in Asia

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates appear to be aware of the strategic implications of the new lines of connectivity being drawn in Central and South Asia, and they are helping provide regional states with alternatives to Iranian fuel.