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Counter-Narcotics Struggle

Counter-Narcotics  Struggle

January 09, 2012 | Jawad Rahmani

One of the principle challenges is opium cultivation and drug- trafficking. More than any other country, Afghan people suffer largely as drug addicts have crossed a million and many more are added on regular basis. Years of counter-narcotic struggle has not given the intended results. One of the measures that Afghan government...

The Ecstatic Moves

The Ecstatic Moves

January 08, 2012 | Nasruddin Hemati

According to a statement issued by president office, Afghan government had asked its US counterparts to hand over control of Bagram prison to the Afghan forces. The demand has come amid all-out efforts to start talks with the Taliban representatives who are said to have stationed in their political office in Qatar. Bagram prison holds ...

Prioritizing High-Quality Primary and Secondary Education

Prioritizing High-Quality Primary and Secondary Education

January 08, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

The new educational year in Afghanistan will start with the advent of the new solar calendar year. According to statistics provided by the Ministry of Education of the Government of Afghanistan, there are about three million school-age students remain out of schools. This ministry recently announced that within ...

US Leads the Peace Process This Time

US Leads the Peace Process This Time

January 07, 2012 | Jawad Rahmani

The peace process with the Taliban militants is getting complicated in a strange way. Afghan government more than ever is irritated about its marginal role in the process which is largely led by US, Germany and Qatar this time. Indeed, opening a diplomatic door with Taliban was not the idea of foreign allies from the start. Instead, during past years, they stood strongly ...

The Dormant Hydro-Power Industry

The Dormant  Hydro-Power Industry

January 07, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

Afghanistan is well-endowed with abundant surface water resources. For an electricity-starved country with a growing economy, these surface waters are a unique resource. Afghanistan is, thus, well-placed in a unique position to harness these resources and generate energy not only for its growing domestic consumption but also for its immediate neighbors ...

On Recent Developments in Talks with Taliban

On Recent Developments in Talks with Taliban

January 07, 2012 | Sher Alam Saqib

Afghanistan appears to have been catapulted into another complex and difficult situation. Ten years of constant but ineffective fighting against terrorists and cruel insurgents are being replaced with a negotiation process of uncertain outcome and end state. Taliban and other insurgent groups were viewed as destructive ...

Hereafter, It is up to Iraqis and their Rulers

Hereafter, It is up to Iraqis and their Rulers

January 05, 2012 | Jawad Rahmani

Last month, when the last unit of American combatant troops was leaving from the country, it was clear that behind those joyful and cheerful faces deep down something was forcedly hidden: worry. Though Iraqis deemed American military presence as national humiliation, but the future, reeking with sectarianism and proxy ...

The Mass Destruction of Nuclear Weapon

The Mass Destruction  of Nuclear Weapon

January 05, 2012 | Abdul Samad Haidari

Nuclear weapon is booming and settling the fate of great protracted conflicts like World War II, and increases the fear among nations around the world. It perhaps, spoils the peace process, instead enriches the conflicts as the fear of natural destruction that relatively brings the world to further hatred and economical ...

The Looming State of War

The Looming State of War

January 04, 2012 | NasruddinHemati

An adventurous, tense and contentious year has just passed and an expectedly more precarious one has begun. The year 2011 brought about considerable gains for human community as well catastrophic occurrences and unpleasant events. The world was shaken by brave, pro-democracy uprisings in many Arab countries. The global ...

China’s Financial Challenge

China’s Financial Challenge

January 04, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

China's economic growth and the pace of it have been impressive over the past two decades. It has lent China considerable political and economic clout on the global stage while lifting more than two hundred million people out of poverty over a matter of two decades. China's economic diplomacy ...

Judicial Solution Leads to Political Chaos

Judicial Solution Leads to Political Chaos

January 04, 2012 | Farman Nawaz

Although confession is not a tradition in Pakistan but since restoration of judiciary few very prominent and impartial leaders of the lawyers' movement have openly criticized the same judiciary which got freedom because of their sincere efforts. Some journalists and politicians were raising questions about the independence of judiciary ...

Our Drifting Democracy

Our Drifting Democracy

January, 03 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

Afghanistan's experience with democracy has seen many twists and turnovers in the past one decade much like the history of this nation through ages and centuries. It has been a relatively new experience for an Afghanistan that stands, virtually, as a historical gallery of various political experimentations over the 19th, 20th and ...

2012: Another Year of Uncertainty for Afghanistan?

2012: Another Year of Uncertainty for Afghanistan?

January, 03 2012 | Abbas Daiyar

2012 will be a year of follow-up conferences for Afghanistan to achieve what the US and its NATO allies failed to do in 2011. Coming summer will prove a test of the security transition, capacity and capabilities of Afghan National Security Forces as insurgents will increase attacks in areas transferred to Afghan Army. The year will ...

Who is the “Enemy”?

Who is the “Enemy”?

January, 03 2012 | Dilawar Sharzai

After a decade of war in Afghanistan against terrorism for which thousands of lives have been sacrificed and billion of dollars utilized and that was intended to fight Taliban and Al-Qaida as Al-Qaida was given refuge by Taliban; US Vice President Joe Biden now mentions that Taliban are not the US's enemy. This clearly shows how much ...

Confusion: What Does Really Mr. Want?

Confusion: What Does  Really Mr. Want?

January 02, 2012 | Jawad Rahmani

Within recent few days Mr. President Karzai's position against apparently different issues was entirely confusing. However, it is not the first time that he reacts unexpectedly—as during former Pakistani President, he warned the neighbor about what can be briefed as Islamabad's double-game-play in the Afghanistan, and etc——but what ...

Why a Weak and Fragmented Parliament…?

Why a Weak and Fragmented Parliament…?

January 02, 2012 | Ali Reza Sarwari

As a democratic and formal political system, the government of Afghanistan is comprised of national assembly, executive and judiciary, each with distinctive and specialized responsibilities. The National Assembly tends to be, "the highest legislative organ" manifesting the will of people and representing the entire nation. (Afghanistan's Constitution ...

A Year of Failure

A Year of Failure

January 02, 2012 | Abbas Daiyar

2011 is gone. A year which we had wrongly expected to be decisive about the conflict in Afghanistan did not succeed to have any significant change in ground realities about the insurgency, talks with Taliban and promises of good governance and fight against corruption by the Karzai Administration. We had started the year with ...

Abnormal Urbanization and Social Disorder

Abnormal Urbanization and Social Disorder

January 01, 2012 | Jawad Rahmani

Recently I have participated in a workshop held in Ministry of Interior by an NGO aiming to help ministry leaders to develop strategic thinking and increase their capacity to deal with upcoming challenges in the lack of international community's military involvement. The workshop was for the capacity building to senior ...

India’s Growing Wealth and Deprivation

India’s Growing  Wealth and Deprivation

January 01, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

India has always been a mystical land and nation in Afghanistan. From the early years of the pre-independence era, Indian music and culture found its way into Afghan land, and Afghans found their first interactions with what is India of today with the melodies of Rubabs and Tablas. For much of the outside world as well as Afghanistan, India ...

Rebirth of Reconciliation in Pakistan

Rebirth of Reconciliation in Pakistan

January 01, 2012 | Farman Nawaz

Pakistan's history is full of criticism for army's intervention in politics but when Pakistan army and Pakistan People's Party reconciled to stop the military intervention in politics and to allow the politicians to come back to country to run the state since then the old companions of establishment united to sabotage this last hope of ...

The Future of Afghanistan’s Mineral Resources

The Future of Afghanistan’s Mineral Resources

December 31, 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

The optimism about Afghanistan's mineral resources has once again been heightened by the reports of the deal with China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) to commence an oil exploration and extraction venture in Afghanistan. The contract will allow CNPC to develop, with a local partner – Watan Group, oil blocks in the northern ...

The Case of Sahar Gul Can Happen to Any Girl

The Case of Sahar Gul  Can Happen to Any Girl

December 31, 2011 | Mohd. Ahsan

Another shocking example of violation against women and negative impacts of child bride in Afghanistan cropped up last week when Afghan police rescued a 15 year old girl, Sahar Gul, who was beaten inhumanely and locked up for five months in a lavatory. The reason is nothing but her resistance to her in-law who tried to force her to ...

Women are Human!

Women are Human!

December 29, 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

The incidents violating women rights in Afghanistan have not been stopped though there have been comparative developments made in the last decade or so and billion of dollars spent. In fact the changes are prevalent only on the exterior while from within the Afghan society still lacks the modernity and development it needs in order to ...

The Anti-Corruption Campaign

The Anti-Corruption Campaign

December 29, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

Let me start this article with my personal experience in India. In 2008, when I got to the country and needed to register myself in a police commissioner office in Hyderabad, Andhra Paradesh, I faced some problem in the process, much due to unfamiliarity with the procedure. But there were number of foreign students complaining about ...

Towards a New Paradigm – Reforming the State in Afghanistan

Towards a New Paradigm – Reforming the State in Afghanistan

December 28, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

More than a decade after the emergence of the new political dispensation in Afghanistan, it is becoming increasingly evident that the a) political, b) administrative, c) fiscal (financial) structures of national (central in Kabul) and sub-national (provincial and districts) ...

Why Karzai’s Peace Process Faces Failure?

Why Karzai’s Peace  Process Faces Failure?

December 28, 2011 | Mohammad Ahsan

With the growing insurgency that costs in valuable live, innocent people of Afghanistan on daily basis, get simply astonished what the reconciliation process with Taliban really mean? It seems like the process benefits the Taliban, not the peace in Afghanistan. No doubt, every war will have to end in reconciliation and ...

To Push the Peace Process!

To Push the Peace Process!

December 28, 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

The Afghan Presidential office and the High Peace Council (HPC) seem to be getting calmer in a reaction to the news of Taliban office in Qatar. Soon after there were reports of Taliban office in Qatar, the Afghan government, especially President Hamid Karzai, was very much annoyed, thinking that Afghan government was kept out of any ...

Reasons behind Targeted Assassinations

Reasons behind  Targeted Assassinations

December 27, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

"Afghan enemies once again succeeded to bring down another highly influential element", it was the headlines of domestic newspapers with minor differences. On Sunday, December 25, a senior leader to National Coalition Political Party, a member to Jamaat-e- Islami, Mr. Abdul Motalib Beeg, was killed in ...

Widening Gap between Troops and Security Transition

Widening Gap between  Troops and Security Transition

December 27, 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan has not only faced opposition and threat from Taliban but every now and then they have faced assaults from their Afghan counterparts or juniors. There have been certain incidents when Afghan soldiers have turned violent against foreign troops and have either killed them or ...

A Battle to Save the Euro

A Battle to Save the Euro

December 27, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The European financial crisis has entered a new phase with the Brussels Summit of the European leaders earlier this month throwing some new twists and turns to this long saga. The summit was widely thought to be a major milestone in the European countries' battle with the ongoing sovereign debt crisis and their efforts to save ...

The Elusive Responsible Government

The Elusive Responsible Government

December 26, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

Afghanistan, over the past one decade, has seen the peak of efforts to improve the state of affairs in the country. The end-result of more than a decade of intense efforts is now evident for all to see – improvements in the areas of public administration, public service delivery, jobs and employment and the overall economic ...

Military Withdrawal is not a Sign of Failure

Military Withdrawal is  not a Sign of Failure

December 26, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

According to reports, around ten thousand US troops are about to leave the country within upcoming days. It is part of the security transition process which started earlier this year. President Obama previously announced that around 33 thousand US combatant troops would be withdrawn within months. Reportedly, the remaining 23 ...

Trapped in Contradiction

Trapped in Contradiction

December 26, 2011 | Nasruddin Hemati

There have been incidents and approachescausing divergence in US-Afghan relations. The two countries have had the closest relation since ouster of Taliban and establishment of the new democratic system here in Afghanistan. Since then, both countries' government officials have complained about the shortfalls ...

Afghanistan’s Urban Crisis Needs to be Addressed

Afghanistan’s Urban Crisis Needs to be Addressed

December 25, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

Afghanistan has seen an impressive growth in urbanization in the years following the ouster of Taliban in 2001. The urban sprawl of Afghan cities and towns now expand beyond their old limits, embracing outlying areas in suburbs where living was unthinkable merely a decade ago. Kabul, or to be precise the Greater Kabul, leads...

Afghanistan 2014: Starting up Mining Boom Crucial to Financial Survival of Army and Government

Afghanistan 2014: Starting up Mining Boom Crucial to Financial Survival of Army and Government

December 25, 2011 | Latif Mohammadi

In my article 'Afghanistan 2014: Risks of government collapse' published in Outlook Afghanistan on Nov 14, 2011, I identified financial shortfall to defence budget of Afghanistan beyond 2014 as one risk that could bring about total collapse of Afghan army and government. Owing to disrepute the Afghan ...