Afghanistan

Why the Taliban is Turning to China

Why the Taliban is Turning to China

By Ahmad Hasib Farhan, Afghan Analyst and Commentator
Location Afghanistan Afghanistan

The Taliban wants China to help negotiate a political settlement with the Afghan government. After Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s landmark visit to China in October 2014 the Chinese government announced its full support for the Afghan peach process. Beijing’s efforts include an invitation for the Taliban to visit China, which was accepted by the Taliban. According to a leading Pakistani newspaper, two senior Afghan Taliban visited China last November. The Taliban, particularly after they closed […]

January 14, 2015 · 0 comments · Afghanistan, Politics
Three Factors Contributing to Afghanistan’s Instability

Three Factors Contributing to Afghanistan’s Instability

By Abdul Rashid Faizi and Shahabuddin Roufi, Researchers
Location United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates

These three factors have strongly affected Afghanistan’s political stability. Political scientists believe that higher population size and concentration raises the risk of civil conflict. It could also lead to higher probability of revolutions to overthrow governing elites in non-democratic countries. This claim, supported by political scientists, does not refer to the number of people that eventually join an insurgency, but only the number of people that start one. They constitute enough rebels to pose a […]

January 13, 2015 · 0 comments · Afghanistan, Politics
Kabul Must Protect Nangarhar University from “Talibanization”

Kabul Must Protect Nangarhar University from “Talibanization”

By Ahmad Hasib Farhan, Afghan Analyst and Commentator
Location Afghanistan Afghanistan

A threat to higher education in Afghanistan is the “Talibanization” of Nangarhar University. Nangarhar University is located in the geostrategically important eastern region of Afghanistan. The university was founded 50 years ago and is one of the largest universities in the country. Today the university has grown to a size of 13 faculties, with three new faculties established in the last two years. According to the university administration Nangarhar University has close to 14,000 students […]

December 26, 2014 · 1 comment · Afghanistan, Education
DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson, U.S. Army.  (Released). Credit: United States Institute of Peace

Can Post-2014 Afghanistan Achieve Economic and Political Stability?

By Tariq Hussain, Writer for Pakistan Today
Location Pakistan Pakistan

The worst election crisis in Afghanistan amidst the US drawdown plan after fighting against the Taliban has finally come to an end. A US-brokered deal made it possible for former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani and former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah. As per the deal, a unity government will be formed with Mr. Ghani as the president of Afghanistan and Mr. Abdullah a CEO, a recently created post which according to experts is almost equal to […]

November 17, 2014 · 1 comment · Afghanistan, Politics, South Asia
What President Ghani’s Visit to China Means

What President Ghani’s Visit to China Means

By Moheb Arsalan J, Afghan Analyst
Location Afghanistan Afghanistan

Seeking a closer alliance with China could help Afghanistan improve its economy and enhance relations with Pakistan. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has planned to visit China on an official state visit starting on October 28. After being elected as the new President of Afghanistan, Ghani’s trip is coming at a crucial time when the US-led coalition is set to end its combat mission in Afghanistan. This scenario provides an opportunity for a new phase of […]

October 29, 2014 · 0 comments · Afghanistan, Business, China, Economics
The Time is Ripe for a New Chapter in Af-Pak Relations

The Time is Ripe for a New Chapter in Af-Pak Relations

By Moheb Arsalan J, Afghan Analyst
Location Afghanistan Afghanistan

With new leadership in Afghanistan, it might be the right time for both sides to turn pages and open a new chapter in Af-Pak relations. Ashraf Ghani, Afghanistan’s new president, has provided hope for peace and stability to the troubled nation. Even in his first weeks in office, President Ghani, a former World Bank technocrat and professor in leading American Universities, has embarked on sweeping reforms from tackling corruption to resolving the issues of the […]

October 19, 2014 · 0 comments · Afghanistan, Politics, South Asia
Why Afghanistan Needs Real Democracy

Why Afghanistan Needs Real Democracy

By Inayat Ur Rehman, Political Science and International Relations Student
Location Afghanistan Afghanistan

Afghanistan needs to return to President Mohammad Daoud’s vision of democracy. Ever since Mohammad Daoud declared himself president of Afghanistan in 1973, he tried to established democracy. Communism at the time was very prevalent and served as a great opposition to democratic ideology. Daoud faced persecution publicly and was threatened not only personally but his family was threatened as well. Finally, after a lifetime of sacrifices and living a meaningful life in the name of […]

October 8, 2014 · 0 comments · Afghanistan, Politics