The Next Generation of Mujahideen

New York City–After the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, voices began to rise up within the Islamic world, calling for young men to travel to Afghanistan to defend their Muslim brothers and sisters. Many heeded the call, and it is estimated that anywhere from 20,000 to 35,000 foreign fighters – known as “Arab Afghans” – traveled to Afghanistan to fight the Red Army. After the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan in 1988, many of these foreign mujahideen remained active, with some remaining in Afghanistan, and others returning to their home countries as folk heroes.

Iran’s Port in the Storm

Could the new deep sea port in Chabahar alter Asia’s trade dynamics? by Reza Akhlaghi Originally Published in Canada International Council’s OpenCanada.Org News of the seemingly never-ending negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, a key attention-grabber in international relations, continue to dominate the news because of the implications signing of a deal would have for the…

China’s National Security Interests in Russian Mega Gas Deal

by Reza Akhlaghi China’s mega gas deal with Russia last March underlined, among other things, the country’s confidence in its future economic growth and the significance of diversifying its energy resources to ensure the growth remains uninterrupted. The country’s gradual move toward building a domestic-driven growth economy is another contributing factor in Beijing’s efforts to…