Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

Pessimism and optimism over the US-Taliban peace agreement

March 03,2020

The peace agreement between the US and Taliban has created many fears and hopes in Afghanistan, especially among political community. The hopes and optimisms are rooted in tiredness ...

The US-Taliban Peace Deal; Hope and Fear in Afghanistan

March 02,2020

The US and Taliban could reach a peace deal after 18 months of tough negotiations. Issues like the US troops withdrawal and preventing any threats from Afghanistan by Taliban and other ...

Why Civil Society Participation in Peace Building Matters

March 01,2020

Civil Society organizations play a vital role in peace building. The roles that civil society plays vary in the manner in which they participate in peace building across ...

Regional Concern Over US-Taliban Peace Deal

February 29,2020

India and other regional stakeholders appear to be concerned about the peace agreement to be signed between the United States and the Taliban group in presence of leaders of many ...

Poverty – A Chronic Problem

February 27,2020

One will be taken aback by seeing the vagrant and homeless, sleeping at nights in open space of Pole Sokhta in Kabul City. They live in social isolation, without homes or shelter ...

Concern over Vulnerability of Peace Talks

February 26,2020

With the declaration of “reduction in violence”, Afghans optimistically hopes that the United States and Taliban will hammer out a peace agreement at the end ...

Political Leaders Should Respect Law and Order

February 25,2020

The participation of less than 20 percent of the eligible population in the September election, indicates that Afghans have lost their trust in democracy. The current crisis emerged after the announcement ...

Coronavirus: the Most Dangerous Disease in Last 20 Centuries

February 24,2020

The Coronavirus seems to be one of the deadliest diseases in twenty first century. Though the modern world is equipped with advanced technologies, it shortly has infiltrated ...

Freedom of Expression Not Boundless

February 23,2020

Freedom of expression is a fundamental right of mankind in civil societies. In the post-Taliban administration, freedom of expression has been one of the highly controversial issues ...

Peace Deal and Roadblocks

February 22,2020

The US-Taliban talks, which continued for ten rounds, have ended and both sides are preparing to sign the agreement at the end of the month. The deal would begin with the withdrawal ...

Opposing Elections Result Likely to Generate National Crisis

February 20,2020

The result of the presidential election, as Ashraf Ghani was declared the winner, was proved contentious since the losing teams have refused the outcome saying the election ...

Withdrawal of Soviet Forces Left a Vacuum for Civil Unrest

February 19,2020

More than three decades ago, the former Soviet Union withdrew from Afghanistan, but the conflict was not ended. Following its withdrawal, civil unrest emerged in the country since ...

Fear of Obstacles Before Talks Amid Optimism

February 18,2020

Optimism has re-emerged regarding the US-Taliban talks after the US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said that the two sides had agreed on reduction in violence. However, it “cannot be ...

Two Withdrawals: Lessons Learned and the Way Forward

February 17,2020

These days, it is common to hear that the United States and the Taliban have agreed to a temporary truce that, if successful, would open the way for a deal that would ...

Terrorism is the Biggest Threat to Our Religion and Civilization

February 16,2020

It is really difficult to ignore the severity of the disaster introduced by terrorism and panics today’s civilized, peaceful and modernized world. As a matter of fact, extremism ...

The Contours of Peace Talks

February 13,2020

There has been a rise and fall in the prospects of peace in Afghanistan with the ongoing negotiations between the US representatives and the Taliban in the Qatari capital of Doha...

Why Violent Crime is Soaring in Afghan Major Cities

February 12,2020

Rise of violent crime is one of the alarming issues in Afghanistan cities in General. Kabul has been the scene of surge of violent crimes recently.  Violent crime is a broad designation ...

Afghans Concerned about Ambiguity of Talks

February 11,2020

Afghans still fluctuate between fear and hope regarding the peace talks ongoing between the United States and Taliban in Qatar. But the ambiguity of the talks and the Taliban ...

Violence Against Women Remains as a Big Issue

February 10,2020

Living free from violence is a human right, yet millions of women and girls suffer disproportionately from violence both in peace and in war, at the hands of the state, in the home and community...

The Fragility of Democracy in Afghanistan

February 09,2020

The nascent democracy, emerged in the post-Taliban administration with the endorsement of the democratic constitution, is highly vulnerable. Afghans believed that democracy ...

Further Haggling at the Negotiating Table

February 08,2020

After several rounds of talks held between the Taliban and US representatives in Qatar, the draft agreement is still controversial. If the Taliban could bring down their expectations ...

Reaching a Deal or Deadlock

February 06,2020

Peace talks carry increasing significance for Afghan people, who have frequently urged the Taliban to stop violence and negotiate with the Kabul administration...

What Peace Deal Afghans Expect

February 05,2020

Afghan Peace process is one of the most crucial issues of the country. Currently, the main unresolved issues according to the Secretary of the State of the US are showing ...

Violence Against Women by Women

February 04,2020

In the traditional structure of Afghan society, the bulk of the violence Afghan women suffer is believed to be imposed by themselves. Within the families, Afghan women adopt offensive ...

What If There is no Peace in Peace Talks?

February 03,2020

Although it was believed that the US and Taliban would sign a peace agreement within few weeks, there appears to be no breakthrough in the talks. Washington has urged the Taliban to reduce violence and declare ...

The Economic Plight of Kabul Citizens

February 02,2020

The wintertime compounds the hardships of poor women and children in Kabul city. They live in crumbled houses and slums. These people who earn their bread and butter by begging ...

No Effective Mechanism for Combating Corruption

February 01,2020

The Transparency International’s report on the Corruption Perceptions Index in 2019 shows that Afghanistan still ranks as the world’s most corrupt countries. ...

Afghans Sustained Heavy Casualties Last Year

January 30,2020

Civilian casualties continued unabated despite the ongoing talks between the Taliban and US representatives in the Qatari capital of Doha. Afghan non-combatants bore the brunt of violence within the past few years. All warring factions were engaged ...

Democracy – A Hard-Gained Achievement for Afghans

January 29,2020

Afghanistan has passed numerous ups and downs throughout the history for democratization. Following the 18th century, as democracy burgeoned in some parts of the world; Afghan nation ...

Crime – A Widespread Practice

January 28,2020

Every society experiences crime and corruption; however, the magnitude of this phenomenon depends on cultural factors, on the economy and above all, on the law and order situation in a society. On the one hand ...

Declaration of Ceasefire – A Bone of Contention

January 27,2020

As the Taliban and US’ representatives are reaching close to a deal, the rift between the Afghan government and political leaders has grown wider. Political factions seem to disapprove of the negotiating team formed by the Ghani administration and welcome Taliban’s agreement on reduction of violence. Calling reduction of violence “ambiguous”, the Kabul administration has urged the Taliban to declare ceasefire. That is, Kabul asks for declaration of ceasefire before intra-Afghan dialogue; nonetheless, political leaders believe that intra-Afghan talks would pave the ground for truce. The Taliban agreed to scale down their military operations but refused to declare ceasefire. With the lack of national consensus and growing rift between high-ranking political figures and the government, the intra-Afghan dialogue appears to be very controversial. Political figures will be in pursuit of their political positions in the government, in which the Taliban are supposed to be integrated. Afghans are apprehensive about two issues: First the intra-Afghan dialogue will be ...

Intolerance – The Main Reason Behind Fratricide

January 26,2020

There is a fascinating little story that is preserved for us in Greek literature about Ulysses and the Sirens. The Sirens had the ability to sing so sweetly that sailors could not resist steering toward their island. Many ships were lured upon the rocks, and men forgot home, duty, and honor as they flung themselves into the sea to be embraced by arms that drew them down to death. Ulysses, determined not to be lured by the Sirens, first decided to tie himself tightly to the mast of his boat, and his crew stuffed their ears with wax. But finally he and his crew learned a better way to save themselves: they took on board the beautiful singer Orpheus whose melodies were sweeter than the music of the Sirens. When Orpheus sang, who bothered to listen to the Sirens? “So we must ...

Knowledge without Virtue

January 25,2020

Education is the key to the future: You’ve heard it a million times, and it’s not wrong. Educated people have higher wages and lower unemployment rates, and better-educated countries grow faster and innovate more than other countries. But going to college is not enough. You also have to study the right subjects,” these words are spoken by Alex Tabarrok. Education and learning are tools of empowerment; they matter. They enable analytical thinking, innovation, and adaptability. True education and learning are essential elements of 21st century society for every individual, every beginning and lifelong learner. Education and learning bring zest to life, for as writer and educator Edith Hamilton indicated, “To be able to be caught up into the world of thought – that is being educated.” The annual rush for admissions to schools and universities in our society is a satisfying matter. Thousands join every year and many graduate from these educational centers. The younger generation, both males and females, want education. The ambitions of the students fill one with great hope. Moreover, private universities are expanding every year. Thus, a vast ...

The Tortuous Path of Counter-Terrorism

January 23,2020

The war on terror was launched in Afghanistan after the 9/11 terrorist attack on World Trade Center complex in New York City. US forces took a military action as a backlash against the Taliban and their Al-Qaeda allies. The operation was very serious that the Taliban could hardly find sanctuaries inside the country. The Tora Bora, which was allegedly used as Taliban’s sanctuary, was under heavy bombardments. Ultimately, the Taliban regime was overthrown. It was only the start of the long story. The Taliban reactionaries resurfaced with radically religious beliefs to launch jihad against the foreign troops in Afghanistan. They regrouped as an insurgency movement to the American-backed Karzai administration and the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). Militancy broke out seriously leading to human casualties – including Afghan civilians – and the country was moved towards higher instability. Gradually, the country retrogressed to the time of Taliban’s regime. Violence, bloodshed and terrorist acts were making the ...

What Does the Violence Reduction Mean?

January 22,2020

This is several times that the top government officials rejected the Taliban’s violence reduction plan with its probable agreement with the United States. In recent days, the second vice president repeatedly reacted against the Taliban’s violence reduction plan calling it as deception of the international community and escape from actual peace program. A few days ago, the Pakistani foreign minister had also mentioned the Taliban’s violence reduction plan with adding that the violence reduction is a positive step towards peace in Afghanistan. A number of Afghanistan’s supporters had also welcomed the plan to reduce violence at a meeting in Qatar last week. But the Afghan government has insisted that a ceasefire should be announced before beginning inter-Afghan talks instead of violence reduction plan. According to the second vice-president, the Taliban want to escape from actual peace with deceiving the international community. Given the above action and reactions, the key question is what does violence reduction really mean? This question is important because a new terminology entered in political literature of Afghanistan which is really fresh in literacy of peace and war of the country. In clearer term, the “violence reduction” does not have an understandable meaning and it neither can be clearly defined while if we ...