Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Wednesday, January 27th, 2021

Arab Hope Springs Eternal

Arab Hope Springs Eternal

January 04,2021 | Carl Bildt

The Arab Spring that began on December 17, 2010, is a somewhat uncomfortable subject a decade later. Seldom has such a vast outpouring of hope resulted in so much disappointment ...

Hopes and Expectations in New Year

Hopes and Expectations in New Year

January 02,2021 | Sajjad Aasim

Afghanistan enters the new year (the year 2021), carrying the profit and loss statement of the year that has passed. In the statement, the country definitely has more losses than ...

Transitional justice and lasting peace in Afghanistan

Transitional justice and lasting  peace in Afghanistan

January 02,2021 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari

Unhappily, this is more than 40 years that Afghanistan has changed to slaughterhouse of human being leaving millions of victims and causalities. The insurgent groups crazily ...

Afghan Civilians – Victims of Rising Insecurity

Afghan Civilians – Victims of Rising Insecurity

January 02,2021 | Sajjad Aasim

Civilian deaths are the most heinous outcomes of the circumstances wherein insecurity, terrorism and conflicts thrive. Mostly, in the most horrific way, people who are not ...

Why Kabul city engulfed in traffic swamp?

Why Kabul city engulfed in traffic swamp?

January 02,2021 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari

Traffic congestion is one of the most chronic problems in the Kabul city which imposes additional cost on the already poor people. The f traffic congestion has inflicted different costs ...

Afghans Should Unite in Fighting Terrorism and Dogmatism

Afghans Should Unite in Fighting Terrorism and Dogmatism

December 30,2020 | Dawlat Bakhtiari

Breaking the unity of Afghan’s ethnics is one of the major target of terrorism, following in Afghanistan. Because, national unity is a catalyst for sustainable democracy in any country ...

Climate Hope Is Back

Climate Hope Is Back

December 30,2020 | Jules Kortenhorst and Andreas Kuhlmann

Around this time four years ago, the climate community was in shock. Just when the world seemed to be on the cusp of pursuing serious measures to fight climate change, voters in the United States ...

Journalists Under Threat in Afghanistan

Journalists Under Threat in Afghanistan

December 29,2020 | Sajjad Aasim

In properly functioning democracies, media has a pivotal role to play; it is even considered as an important pillar of the state. Media in democratic societies is expected to keep an eye on ...

Three Steps Solutions to Cross From the Current Juncture of History

Three Steps Solutions to Cross From the Current Juncture of History

December 29,2020 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari

It seems that the history has once again put Afghanistan in a dilemma between few strategic solutions or choices. As if once again Amir Shir Ali Khan has to mournfully decide between ...

Necessary Lessons to Learn from the post-Soviet Union Aggression

Necessary Lessons to Learn from the post-Soviet Union Aggression

December 28,2020 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari

Saturday, it was coincided with sixth of Jaddi (26 December) when 41 years ago the Soviet Red Army began its longest aggressive operation aiming to occupy Afghanistan. This day was marked in ...

Preventing the Death of Independent Journalism

Preventing the Death of Independent Journalism

December 28,2020 | Leon Willems

A story too good to fact-check is the tale of the boiled frog. Rather than being dropped directly into boiling water – from which it would instantly jump – the frog is slid gently ...

Avoiding America’s Vicious COVID Cycle

Avoiding America’s Vicious COVID Cycle

December 27,2020 | Mohamed A. El-Erian

As excited as we all understandably are about the arrival of the first COVID-19 vaccines, the immediate road ahead remains treacherous. The United States, in particular ...

What the People Want Is Climate Leadership

What the People Want Is Climate Leadership

December 27,2020 | Ambroise Fayolle

For many populists, the jury is still out on climate science, and global warming is a myth, a fabrication, or a hoax. But most citizens recognize that the scientific findings are sound ...

Why the Tree of Democracy Never Grows up in Afghanistan?

Why the Tree of Democracy Never Grows up in  Afghanistan?

December 26,2020 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari

Although democracy is the most important factor in modernization and development of third world countries, it has not produced any positive outcome in Afghanistan. Now, two decades after ...

Who’s Afraid of MMT?

Who’s Afraid of MMT?

December 26,2020 | James K. Galbraith

As anyone who has ever been responsible for legislative oversight of central bankers knows, they do not like to have their authority challenged. Most of all, they will defend ...

The Education of Women: A National Redline in Peace Process

The Education of Women: A National Redline in Peace Process

December 24,2020 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari

The Doha peace process has raised a lot of concerns about future of women in Afghanistan. The women of Afghanistan have repeatedly raised their concerns  and worries that the outcome ...

Five Cheers for 2021

Five Cheers for 2021

December 24,2020 | Mark Leonard

A lot of chickens came home to roost this year. The COVID-19 pandemic was not some random thunderbolt from out of the blue, but rather a man-made “natural” disaster, holding up a mirror ...

The Right Way to Regulate Digital Harms

The Right Way to Regulate Digital Harms

December 23,2020 | David Kaye and Jason Pielemeier

As the European Commission’s recent Digital Services Act demonstrates, lawmakers around the world are scrambling, with good reason, to address the extremism, disinformation, and manipulation ...

Biden Administration Faces Daunting Task of Rebuilding US Economic Diplomacy

Biden Administration Faces Daunting Task of Rebuilding US Economic Diplomacy

December 23,2020 | Marcus Noland

After four years of “America First,” the incoming Biden administration faces a formidable task in reviving US economic diplomacy to address national and global challenges...

The long term and short term strategy against air-pollution

The long term and short term strategy against  air-pollution

December 22,2020 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari

In recent days with stoppage of rain or snow fall, the air-pollution has also increased in Kabul city. According to a media report quoted a from an American aerologist source named Air Visual ...

Deteriorating Food Security in Afghanistan

Deteriorating Food Security in Afghanistan

December 22,2020 | Sajjad Aasim

Persistent insecurity and instability have influenced Afghanistan in various ways. Prominent among these influences is the continuous decline of standard of living for the people...

Why the Violences are Progressed with progress of Peace process?

Why the Violences are Progressed with progress of Peace process?

December 21,2020 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari

Today, once again, Kabul has colored with blood of Afghan civilians. Unfortunately, this is about twenty years that neither the terrorist groups are not tired of killing civilians ...

Countdown to Climate Catastrophe

Countdown to Climate Catastrophe

December 21,2020 | Mohamed Nasheed and Loren Legarda

Jamaica, Rwanda, the Marshall Islands, and Mongolia are among the world’s most climate-vulnerable countries, and account for just a small percentage of global emissions...

Afghanistan: On the Verge of Downfall of Media Freedom

Afghanistan: On the Verge of Downfall of  Media Freedom

December 20,2020 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari

Given the recent methodic reports, it seems that Afghanistan is on the verge of downfall of media freedom due to various reasons such as journalist serial killings, gender ...

Concerns About Human Rights Violations in Afghanistan

Concerns About Human Rights Violations  in Afghanistan

December 20,2020 | Sajjad Aasim

In the Geneva Conference on Afghanistan last month, the eradication of corruption and the safeguarding of human rights were two essential guarantees which the international community ...

The free market crisis in Afghanistan

The free market crisis in Afghanistan

December 19,2020 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari

It seems that the acceptance of free market economic system has been one of the biggest mistakes in post-Bonn Afghanistan. Since its recognition until now, it has been putting pressure ...

The Brussels Effect Comes for Big Tech

The Brussels Effect Comes for Big Tech

December 19,2020 | Anu Bradford

The European Commission has just unveiled landmark regulations for the digital economy, setting yet another global standard. The Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Digital ...

Putin’s Constitutional Autocracy

Putin’s Constitutional Autocracy

December 16,2020 | Andrei Kolesnikov

Earlier this year, Russian lawmakers and voters approved amendments to the country’s constitution that would allow President Vladimir Putin to reset the term limits of his office ...

Bull or Bear in 2021?

Bull or Bear in 2021?

December 16,2020 | Jim O’Neill

In two of my previous commentaries on the peculiar world of equity markets in 2020, I offered a bullish outlook for how events would unfold as the year progressed ...

The Forgotten Dimensions of Security in Afghanistan

The Forgotten Dimensions of Security in Afghanistan

December 15,2020 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari

Although Afghanistan is one the most insecure country in the world, the people even the officials are not, seemingly, familiar with the concept of security in this country...

The Next Frontier of Responsible Business

The Next Frontier of Responsible Business

December 15,2020 | Bertrand Badré and Camille Putois

The COVID-19 crisis has revealed how intertwined all of our major challenges are. Biodiversity loss and rising inequalities have contributed to a global public-health ...

Why the Security System Is Failed in Protection of Cities and Citizens?

Why the Security System Is Failed in Protection of Cities and Citizens?

December 14,2020 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari

This is the third time that Kabul and Kabulis are witnessing the rain of rockets in the heart of capital city while such attacks are not limited to this city. In recent years ...

Who Will Succeed Merkel?

Who Will Succeed Merkel?

December 14,2020 | Josef Joffe

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has ruled the 71-year-old Federal Republic for a total of 50 years. When she steps down next fall after 16 years in office, it is safe to assume that another Christian Democrat will ...

Could Afghanistan be a Fertilized Land for Growing Terrorism?

Could Afghanistan be a Fertilized Land for Growing Terrorism?

December 13,2020 | Dawlat Bakhtiari

After the fall of the Taliban, following the Bonn Agreement few elected governments came on power in Afghanistan, the country has grown and was on progress for a short time. Unfortunately ...

The waves of mysterious killings in Afghanistan

The waves of mysterious killings in Afghanistan

December 13,2020 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari

In recent days, Malaai Maiwand, a journalist and also social activist, and her driver was killed in Nangarhar province. It is said that Malaai Maiwand belonged to an intellectual family and so she had lost her activist mother few years ago. . .