Afghanistan Essays

The Afghanistan Essays | The Haqqani Question

This 2018 short-essay series by the Jinnah Institute (JI) reflects a range of Pakistani thought leadership on Afghanistan and it’s complex history with Islamabad. With the region in the current crosshairs of a seemingly intractable conflict, these essays attempt to spur old and new thinking on the history of Pakistan’s relationship with Afghanistan and existing challenges. The essays cover a range of subject matter on Afghanistan-Pakistan including efforts for peace and reconciliation, threats to security, the broader geopolitical dynamic, and the role of civil society and economy.

This essay titled ‘The Haqqani Question’ situates the genesis and evolution of the Haqqani network within the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan. It examines their role in the insurgency and the growing disconnect between Washington and Islamabad.