Vladimir Putin's posturing towards Afghanistan has opened a new chapter in the great game in the heart of Asia. A resurgent Russia is making new inroads into Afghanistan, not in the way the former USSR did, but by aligning itself with some of the very extremists whose leaders were involved in the defeat of
For the Afghan president, a deal with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is a political win, but it may not bring political stability. Last week, the Afghan government signed a peace deal with the notorious warlord and former prime minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, which has raised hopes and concerns. The deal brings hope because
Several months after the formation of the National Unity Government (NUG), President Ghani signed into effect a decree establishing the Special Electoral Reform Commission (SERC). Although SERC provided recommendation to the government of Afghanistan on reforming the Independent Election Commission,
For Afghan leaders, balancing the country’s regional foreign policy between India and Pakistan has never been an easy task. President Ashraf Ghani learned this the hard way when, in February, he attempted to improve Afghanistan’s relationship with Pakistan.
One early morning in the summer of 2013, six Taliban suicide bombers attacked the governor’s office in Panjshir province almost 200 kilometers (124 miles) northeast of Kabul. In the ensuing hour-long battle, Afghan police lost one man and killed all six militants. Soon after the attack, the Taliban spokesman
Afghan presidential elections increasingly loom near, with voting scheduled for April 5 of this year. Few events could be more important in Afghanistan. With President Hamid Karzai due to step down, after reaching his constitutional limit of two full terms, the country is approaching what political scientists say
While it is a usual practice bargaining for the sake of national interest and political gains in any negotiations, reaching a decision, however, on Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) has been a challenging task. Apparently, President Karzai and Secretary Kerry reached a de facto agreement on this matter, but the thumbs-up
These days, there is much talk about where Afghanistan is headed in 2014 and how it will achieve the critical milestones needed in order to continue on the path of progress, including the country’s first political transition from one elected leader to another, Afghan forces assuming full security responsibility from
Perhaps confirming the deep pessimism amongst the Afghan people about the fairness and transparency of Afghanistan’s 2014 presidential elections, there is a lot of political jockeying underway that appears aimed at pre-engineering its result.
آقای الهام غرجی، چند روز پیش در روزنامه ۸صبح بحثی را تحت عنوان امنیت و همکاریهای منطقهای مطرح کرد. با توجه به اهمیت این بحت، جا دارد که به آن بیشتر پرداخته شود. با شکست جهان دوقطبی و سیستم امنیتی جنگ سرد، مناسبات بینالمللی وارد موج دوم منطقهگرایی شد که تحت نام منطقهگرایی جدید مطرح است.
به لحاظ تیوریهای توسعه، پارادایمهای گوناگون رویکردهای متفاوتی را نسبت به نقش کمکهای جامعه جهانی در توسعه اقتصادی کشورهای توسعهنیافته ارایه کرده است. یکی از این رویکردها، پارادایم ساختارگرا است که به نحوی پشتوانه تیوریک برای سرازیر شدن کمکهای جهانی به کشورهای توسعهنیافته را فراهم میسازد.
کی از انتقادات جدی که همواره بر کمکهای خارجی وارد است، بازگشت دوباره بخش قابل ملاحظهای این کمکها به کشورهای کمککننده است. روند بازگشت بخش قابل ملاحظهای از کمکهای خارجی که از طریق کانالهای گوناگون صورت میگیرد، موثریت این کمکها را در کشورهای توسعهنیافته بهشدت کاهش میدهد.
وابستگی اقتصادی به حالتی اطلاق میشود که یک دولت دچار کسر بودجه است و برای برآورده ساختن مصارف خود، نیازمند کمکهای مالی جهانی میباشد. این مساله یکی از بنبستهای جدی در فراروی توسعه اقتصادی بهشمار میرود.
Afghan perceptions of Americans and the United States come from a number of incredible historical tales, Cold War policies, conspiracy theories, and – of course – Hollywood movies, all of which have coalesced into a single image: Superman. But seeing the United States as the comic book epitome of power and
When Afghan President Hamid Karzai ratified the country’s new Election Law on July 20, he removed the last obstacle for presidential hopefuls wanting to go public and embark on a full-fledged election campaign. Unfortunately, the controversy surrounding this presidential election didn’t end with Karzai’s signing of the law.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s latest vague and controversial anti-U.S. remarks were puzzling to many people both inside and outside Afghanistan, as they implied that the United States is inadvertently colluding with the Taliban. Despite the fact that he later accused the media of misinterpreting his
Afghans under 35 make up about 75 percent of the country's population. Each one of them was born into war and endured their country's nearly unbroken string of conflicts. And they've come of age as Afghanistan struggles to establish itself as an autonomous country.
The assassination of Amanullah Aman, the Chief Election Officer of Afghanistan’s Kunduz province, in September should be taken seriously, as it could mark the beginning of a devastating terror campaign targeting election workers that could potentially paralyze next April’s presidential elections.
The War in Afghanistan, the longest war in American history, will finally come to an end in 2014 as it transitions from a combat mission to a support mission in 2014, which would give the U.S. Military and advisory role. The panel discussion held in the Nolan Center on November 14 offered an understanding of
While all eyes were glued on Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s opening speech at the Loya Jirga, the grand assembly of more than 2,500 Afghan elders who were tasked with advising him on signing the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States, nearly two weeks ago, an unprecedented, amusing,
بیک: ما سه صدوشصتوچهار ولسوالی دایمی و ۹ ولسوالی موقت داریم. مجموع ولسوالیهای ما ۳۷۳ میشود، این بستها قبلا سیاسى بود. حالا بستهای ولسوالی را بستهای خدمات ملکی ساختهایم. هدف این است که تضمین شغلی را در ادارات محلی بهوجود بیاوریم. از مجموع ۳۷۳ ولسوال در حال حاضر ۱۸۰ تن آنان، از طریق رقابت آزاد به کار آمدهاند.
The opening of the Taliban’s Office in Qatar on June 18 gave a historical power boost to the militant group which has yet to renounce its known ties to al Qaeda. It also provided them a new kind of recognition in the international arena.
I am writing this in the hope of providing an Afghan perspective on the challenges and achievements of the last decade as the war in Afghanistan is nearing an end. I am tired of hearing about different doomsday scenarios boasted by Afghan as well as international news organizations in the last year or so.
Eleven years ago at this time, my days and nights under the Taliban rule in Kabul were filled with fear and hope. Fear because some alleged that the U.S. would bomb Afghanistan back to the Stone Age after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Hope because the expected attacks by the United States and the international
On the afternoon of Dec. 25, 2011, in the northern Takhar Province of Afghanistan, a funeral procession was gathering in a field on the outskirts of my hometown, the city of Taloqan, when a suicide bomber approached Mutalib Bek, a member of Parliament, and detonated his explosive vest.
A recent debate in Brussels between European and Afghan policymakers, civil society leaders and security specialists has seen a call for EU support to Afghanistan to continue following