Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Friday, January 18th, 2019

Managing Diversity Key to Social Peace

Managing Diversity Key to Social Peace

January 16, 2019 | M. Karimi

Living within a diversity requires that the inhabitants develop respect and broadmindedness for one another. Without these factors, it might be terribly troublesome to tighten . . .

The Leader of the World Bank Needs

The Leader of the World Bank Needs

January 16, 2019 | Homi Kharas and Eswar Prasad

Jim Yong Kim’s sudden resignation as president of the World Bank Group (WBG) offers an opportunity to reflect on the direction, legitimacy, and effectiveness of that 75-year old ...

The Role of Press in Democratic System

The Role of Press in Democratic System

January 15, 2019 | Writer: Moh Erfani / Translator: Moh Zahir Akbari

The press as a civil society entity is considered as the fourth pillar of democracy in political system and can play an important role in creating appropriate environment ...

Agonizing over Afghanistan

Agonizing over Afghanistan

January 15, 2019 | Richard N. Haass

After more than 17 years, the time has come to accept two important truths about the war in Afghanistan. The first is that there will be no military victory by the government...

The young population and upcoming challenges of the Afghan government

The young population and upcoming challenges  of the Afghan government

January 14, 2019 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari

Population is one of the most important factors and variables that must be considered in macroeconomic, social and political programs in national level. Undoubtedly, any ...

Selling Africa’s Good News Stories

Selling Africa’s Good News Stories

January 14, 2019 | Shayera Dark

Anywhere in the world, freelance journalism is an extreme career choice. The job requires withstanding pitch rejections, ignored queries, stolen story ideas ...

The Outcome of Kim-Xi’s Visit

The Outcome of Kim-Xi’s Visit

January 13, 2019 | Hujjatullah Zia

The recent visit of Korean Leader Kim Jong-un to China to hold his fourth summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping signals a strong diplomatic tie between Beijing and ...

Managing Minefields: Saudi/UAE Aid Puts Pakistan-Iran Relations on the Spot

Managing Minefields: Saudi/UAE Aid Puts Pakistan-Iran  Relations on the Spot

January 13, 2019 | James M. Dorsey

Pakistan is traversing minefields as it concludes agreements on investment, balance of payments support and delayed payment oil deliveries with Saudi Arabia...

Afghanistan at the Cross Roads

Afghanistan at the Cross Roads

January 12, 2019 | Saikat Kumar Basu

Since time immemorial Afghanistan has been a flashpoint of human history in Asia. From the days of the reign of the erstwhile Persian Empire till the time of invasion by ...

Regional Competition over Hosting Afghan Peace Process

Regional Competition over Hosting Afghan Peace Process

January 12, 2019 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari

After 2001, many of regional countries considered the Taliban as a terrorist group because they committed human crimes against civilians with disregarding international law...

Can Peace Change the Nature of Terrorists?

Can Peace Change the Nature of Terrorists?

January 10, 2019 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari

Terrorism and suicide can never be considered as an unreasonable or accidental behavior. The terrorism phenomenon follows a strategic and rational logic. Considering terrorism ...

Is Canceling Brexit Now Inevitable?

Is Canceling Brexit Now Inevitable?

January 10, 2019 | Anatole Kaletsky

In times of political turmoil, events can move from impossible to inevitable without even passing through improbable. In early 2016, the idea of Britain leaving the European . . .

The Pros and Cons of Freedom of Speech in Afghanistan

The Pros and Cons of Freedom of Speech in Afghanistan

January 09, 2019 | Hujjatullah Zia

With the emergence of relative democracy in the post-Taliban government, Afghans have been entitled to voice their opinion publicly. Everyone sought to raise ...

Afghanistan’s Rigid Cultural Norms; A Serious Challenge for Girls’ Education (Part 3)

Afghanistan’s Rigid Cultural Norms; A Serious Challenge for Girls’ Education (Part 3)

January 09, 2019 | Hamidullah Bamik

Cultural discrimination against women includes those differences of treatment that exist because of stereotypical expectations, attitudes, and behaviors towards women...

Afghan Defense & Security Institutions Should Protect Civilians & Respond to Challenges

Afghan Defense & Security Institutions Should Protect Civilians  & Respond to Challenges

January 08, 2019 | Mohammed Gul Sahibbzada

With fresh appointments at Ministries of interior and Defense, it is pertinent that Afghan Government take steps to outline the most important tasks that are needed ...

Afghanistan’s Rigid Cultural Norms; A Serious Challenge for Girls’ Education (Part 2)

Afghanistan’s Rigid Cultural Norms; A Serious Challenge  for Girls’ Education (Part 2)

January 08, 2019 | Hamidullah Bamik

Resistance anti-Teaching Girls by Male Instructors: In Afghanistan, many families are not willing to accept male teachers for their daughters. When the first girl school ...

US and Legacy of Conflicts

US and Legacy of Conflicts

January 07, 2019 | Mohammad Hedayat /Translator: Moh Zahir Akbari

The president of the United States, Donald Trump, is a person who always creates great waves of surprise! These surprises seem to be rooted in President Trump’s personality ...

Afghanistan’s Rigid Cultural Norms; A Serious Challenge for Girls’ Education (Part 1)

Afghanistan’s Rigid Cultural Norms; A Serious Challenge  for Girls’ Education (Part 1)

January 07, 2019 | Hamidullah Bamik

The Afghan government, headed by Hamid Karzai, the first elected president of Afghanistan after the collapse of Taliban’s government in 2001 and its international donors ...

Trump’s Political Conundrum about Afghanistan

Trump’s Political Conundrum about Afghanistan

January 06, 2019 | Hujjatullah Zia

In his Wednesday’s remarks, US President Donald Trump said Pakistan and Russia should fight in Afghanistan not the US. He also gave a historically garbled ...

A Year to Act

A Year to Act

January 06, 2019 | Ian Goldin and Robert Muggah

Let us hope that 2019 is the year when the historical tide turns. In 2018, divisions within and between countries continued to deepen. And while geopolitical tensions ...

Afghans’ Fluctuation between Hope and Fear

Afghans’ Fluctuation between Hope and Fear

January 05, 2019 | Hujjatullah Zia

Debated hotly, peace talks seem a gleam of hope for Afghan nation in 2019. Afghans, who left a deadly year behind, desire that warring factions will reach a consensus with ...

The Needs for Fundamental Reforms in Election Commissions

The Needs for Fundamental Reforms  in Election Commissions

January 05, 2019 | Sayed Asif Hussaini/ Translator: Moh Zahir Akbari

It is true that elections are not the only principle for democracy, but are the main way for the implementation of democracy. Democracy is misshaped without election...

Economic Development & Security Should Top Afghan Government Agenda for the Year 2019

Economic Development & Security Should Top Afghan  Government Agenda for the Year 2019

January 03, 2019 | Mohammed Gul Sahibbzada

Fixing problems of a country that has been churning in grinding intrinsic war since last more than forty years is inherently not a task so easy. The body responsible . . .

Taliban: the Main Factor of Stalemate in Afghan Peace Process

Taliban: the Main Factor of Stalemate in Afghan Peace Process

January 03, 2019 | Writer: Moh Hidayat / Translator: Moh Zahir Akbari

Few days ago, in Abu Dhabi peace talks, the Taliban group refused to attend the negotiation table with representatives of the Afghan government. When the Security ...

Ministers of Defense and Interior Should Overhaul Afghan Defense and Security Institutions to Match / Defeat Existing Security Challenges

Ministers of Defense and Interior Should Overhaul  Afghan Defense and Security Institutions  to Match / Defeat Existing Security Challenges

January 01, 2019 | Mohammed Gul Sahibbzada

After their appointment as Minister of Defense and Minister of Interior, both Misters Assadullah Khalid ...

How to Stop Losing the Fight Against Malaria

How to Stop Losing the Fight Against Malaria

January 01, 2019 | Andrea Boggio and Colin Ohrt

When it comes to fighting infectious diseases, progress cannot be gauged by the availability of resources; the most important metric is the number of lives saved. By this ...

Uzbekistan Fully Supports Afghan Peace Process

Uzbekistan Fully Supports Afghan Peace Process

December 31, 2018 | Naiem Karimi

On December 28, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyayev addressed message to Parliament. The head of state dwelled on the priorities and tasks ...

Non-negotiability of Election Red Line

Non-negotiability of Election Red Line

December 31, 2018 | Writer: Moh Hidayat / Translator: Moh Zahir Akbari

According to the latest news spread from the election commission, the presidential election is delayed from the previous time which was set by the commission. It is said that . . .

Recent Reshuffle in the Leadership of Defense & Security Institutions, though belated, is Welcome

Recent Reshuffle in the Leadership of Defense &  Security Institutions, though belated, is Welcome

December 29, 2018 | Mohammed Gul Sahibbzada

Appointments of Mr. Assadullah Khalid as Minister of Defense and Mr. Amrullah Saleh as Minister of Interior are welcome signs in the process of the efforts undertaken by Afghan ...

The Bitter Experience of Governmental Paramilitary Militias in Afghanistan

The Bitter Experience of Governmental Paramilitary Militias  in Afghanistan

December 29, 2018 | Hamidullah Bamik

Over the course of several decades, Afghans have been suffering from militias who have a wide range of uncontrolled armed forces. These militants include groups that ...

The Jaw-dropping Result of China’s Reform and Opening-up

The Jaw-dropping Result of China’s Reform and Opening-up

December 27, 2018 | Hujjatullah Zia

Forty years ago, the third plenary session of the 11th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China ushered in courageous endeavor of reform and opening-up which ...

US Troop Withdrawals Threaten to Fuel Greater, Potentially Problematic Gulf Assertiveness

US Troop Withdrawals Threaten to Fuel Greater,  Potentially Problematic Gulf Assertiveness

December 27, 2018 | Dr. James M. Dorsey

As far as Gulf leaders are concerned, President Donald J. Trump demonstrated with his announced US troop withdrawals from Syria and Afghanistan that his insistence that ...

A Good Neighborhood is a Great Treasure (last Part)

A Good Neighborhood is a Great Treasure (last Part)

December 26, 2018 | Liu Jinsong

As friendly neighbors connected by mountains and rivers, in the past millennia, China and Afghanistan have enjoyed friendship, mutual trust and mutual help rather than suspicion, dispute ...

We will not Go Back to the Past

We will not Go Back to the Past

December 26, 2018 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari

The sudden and hasty decision of Donald Trump to withdraw more than half of American troops from Afghanistan provided a hasty and turbulent debate throughout the country...

China Paving the Way for Peace and Development in The Region

China Paving the Way for Peace and  Development in The Region

December 25, 2018 | Muhammad Zamir Assadi

The second trilateral meeting between China, Pakistan and Afghanistan has reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthening their relations, deepening cooperation ...