9/11 and Never-ending Afghan Tragedy

  On September 11, 2001, 19 member of Al Qaeda, most of whom were from Saudi Arabia, hijacked four airplanes of “United” and “America” airways and carried out attacks on New York and Washington cities of the United States. Around 3000 people were killed in these attacks and thus, were considered a justification for launching […]

High Civilian Casualties during Four Years of NUG

  Last week, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock in his 2-day visit to Afghanistan said that 40 thousand civilians have been killed and injured during the four years of the National Unity Government (NUG).   Although, the U.S war on Afghanistan is ongoing since the last 17 years; it has enflamed more than ever […]

Role and Future of Regional Efforts in Afghan Peace

  While the regional and international-level efforts for Afghan peace are underway, the actors in the process search for their own interests in the matter. Taliban also try to further increase their diplomacy in an effort to usurp these actors for the sake of putting pressure on the Afghan government and International Community. In recent […]

Change in Foreign Forces Command and its Impact on Afghan War

  U.S Gen. Austin Scott Miller, who was officially appointed as the commander of U.S Forces-Afghanistan and of Operation Resolute Support two months ago, took over on Sunday (September 2, 2018) at a ceremony in Kabul. Miller takes over from Gen John Nicholson, who led the NATO mission for over two years. Scott Miller is […]

The Taliban Attack on Ghazni and Future of Peace in Afghanistan

  On August 10, Taliban launched an extensive assault on Ghazni City from four sides. On the first three days, they were able to bring the entire city along with governmental offices under their control, with the exception of the Governor’s office and Police headquarters there. On the fifth day of the Ghazni attack, although, […]

Zalmay Khalilzad and his expected new mission in Afghanistan 

  Since the last forty years, Zalmay Khalilzad has been a prominent figure in the Afghan-U.S. ties. Last week, Reuters sourcing two U.S. officials, reported that it was likely the U.S. government would place Zalmay Khalilzad as its special envoy to Afghanistan.    The rumors on Zalmay Khalilzad’s appointment as the special U.S. envoy to Afghanistan […]

2019 Presidential Elections and Challenges Ahead

  The Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced the date set for the upcoming presidential elections which they decided would be held on 20 April 2019. Dr. Abdul Badi Sayyad, head of IEC told a press conference that the given date for the presidential elections was chosen based on the country’s constitution and the law […]

Kankor and the Situation of Afghan Higher Education

  The results of 2018 Kankor Exam (university admission exam) were announced on 1st August 2018, Almost 160 thousand students participated in the exam out of which 60,051 students were granted admission in higher education institutions while 12,498 students entered the semi-higher education institutions. According to the standards of the Ministry of Higher Education, 150 […]

Peace and the New Emerging Aspects of the Afghan War

  Following the instigation of rumors on direct talks between the U.S. and the Taliban, last week, the Wall Street Journal published a report in which it pointed out that the Taliban and U.S officials had direct talks in Doha of Qatar. Although the Taliban are yet to release any official statements, a number of […]

Political Coalitions and their Organizational Foundations in Afghanistan 

  In recent years, the Afghan political arena has been witness to confrontations and conflicts between the government, and a number of political parties and politicians in the country. Last week (26 July, 2018), a number of political parties and movements, came together in a ceremony in Kabul, and announced the formation of the “Great […]

Reviewing the Trump Strategy: The Need for Resolving the Afghan Crisis

  After 17 years of U.S initiated war in Afghanistan, some U.S. officials, according to media reports, agree that the U.S. has come to terms with its failure in the Afghan war and that it now seeks to review its strategy for the country. Notably, the New York Times published a report that revealed Donald […]

Gen. Dostum: a Prominent Figure for Every Afghan President from Dr. Najeeb to Dr. Ghani

  Last week (July 22, 2018), Afghan First Vice-President Gen. Abdul Rasheed Dostum returned to the country after 14 months of exile in Turkey.  The Afghan government; however, states “sickness” the reason behind his stay in Turkey but almost a year and half ago, after he entered into conflict with the government, Gen. Dostum accused […]

Confrontation of Political Parties with Government and Fate of Parliamentary Elections

  On the basis of the Afghan Constitution, the working term of the present parliament was completed at the June 2015. However, the government has thus far failed to hold Parliamentary Elections due to certain political hurdles. Adjournment in holding Parliamentary Elections allowed the working term of the Parliament to last three years longer than […]

Role of NATO Organization in Afghan War and Peace

  Last week (11-12 July, 2018), Belgium’s Capital Brussels City hosted a 2-day meeting of NATO member countries. Afghan President Ghani and CEO Dr. Abdullah alongside the heads of states of NATO-member countries, representatives of other NATO friendly countries, UN and the World Bank had participated in the meeting.           On the second day of […]