July 04, 2020
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  • Let’s stand together for a just peace

    By: Aref Mohammadi I met ex-UN Envoy to Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, Staffan de Mistura, in our class last month. He presented a seminar on negotiating techniques in international complex conflicts and the lessons learned from the previous experiences on the ground in Afghanistan and the Middle East. Before the…

  • Books in the time of quarantine

    By: Anis Rezaei “Books keep us sane.” We all are familiar with these words. Yet they have never been as applicable as they are right now, under our current circumstances. With cities and towns going into lockdown one after another, with social-distancing and staying home regulations getting enforced stricter day…

  • Why do non-Pashtuns support Abdullah Abdullah?

    By: Zaki Daryabi With realizing that the international community along with other countries would not support him, Abdullah Abdullah, under pressure by his political patrons and supporters, held a parallel inauguration ceremony at the Sepidar Palace and declared his own inclusive government. The reason why Mr. Abdullah’s supporters pushed him…

  • Letters: “Will there be peace once Taliban and Afghan government sit side by side?”

    By: Safar Ali Amin Many people have started to worry about what is next for millions of Afghans inside and outside the country after a deal was signed between the US and the Taliban. Ordinary Afghans are almost unheard of what is going on behind closed doors. In recent history,…

  • A tug of war; Ghani and Abdullah striving to become presidents

    The incumbent president Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and the incumbent chief executive Abdullah Abdullah are preparing for separate oath-taking ceremonies which were set to take place early Monday morning, February 09, but was delayed as a result of disputes over final results of the controversial 2019 presidential elections. On February 19,…

  • ‘The time has come to close the gender gap in Afghanistan’

    By: TADAMICHI YAMAMOTO KABUL, 5 March 2020 – Gender inequality is the injustice of our age and one of the biggest human rights challenges we face. But gender equality offers solutions to some of the most intractable problems in Afghanistan. Everywhere across Afghanistan, women are worse off than men –…

  • Letters: “We will fight to protect our hard-gained freedom”

    By: Fereshta Abbasi It is not easy to write about the peace deal that has been signed between the Taliban and the US. My recollection about Taliban is disturbing. When I think about a deal with Taliban a gloomy image of my country interrupts my mind: an image that shows…

  • Origins of violence against women

    By: Zaman Khoshnam   A two-minute video clip shows a group of angry men throwing rocks on a covered woman who is lying in a hole dug in the ground. “Hit her, hit her,” shout a seemingly happy crowd of spectators. The woman cries out loudly, calling for help, and…

  • Letters: “We are responsible to safeguard our dignity”

    By: Shafaq Rahimi It was 3 AM of February 29, 2020. A deep silence had descended over the town. I was encapsulated with disturbing memories and thoughts of my early life under the Taliban rule. I was trying to make sense of what was going on by scrolling the Twitter…

  • Afghan peace dilemma

    The Afghan peace process is a complex play derived from realities of a long-unresolved geopolitical conflict. The question whether the ongoing talks can yield an enduring peace remains in doubt as major agendas on the future government are still unclear.           Afghanistan will not turn backward, says the Afghan presidential…

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