Politics

Will the President Defeat the Taliban from the Religious Perspective?

  Some of President Ghani’s characteristics contrast him from other Afghan politicians; i.e. decisiveness and continued observation. It was due to his decisiveness that vacillation was not seen in relations with Pakistan in last three years and, in a recent case, it was because of his decisiveness that the controversial process of Electronic ID Cards […]

Electronic ID Cards and the Future of Present Disputes

  By Hekmatullah Zaland / CSRS Distribution of Electronic Identity Cards (E-IDs), also known as E-Tazkira, had become delayed for three years just to have transparent and fraud-free elections in Afghanistan; however, besides this postponement, the election process became initiated without distribution if E-IDs and widespread fraud is being continued as the Paper Identity Cards […]

Challenges against Upcoming Parliamentary Elections

  By Zia ul Islam Shirani / CSRS After about three years of delay in holding parliamentary elections, the IEC finally announced the final date of holding elections, and so the Wolesi Jirga and District Councils’ elections are scheduled to be held this year (Mizan, 1397). By announcing the final date for the elections, the […]

Evaluation of the NUG’s struggle against corruption

  In its annual report, released last week, Transparency International has once again announced Afghanistan among the most corrupt countries in the world. Based on the report, gaining 15 scores, Afghanistan is the fourth most corrupt country among 180 countries after Somalia, South Sudan, and Syria. The report shows that compared to 2016, Afghanistan has […]

The rumors about extending the NUG’s term

  Quoting some sources, the media published some reports saying that the US and the leaders of the National Unity Government (NUG) are trying to extend the term of the current government for another five years, without holding the presidential elections, through establishing a council of leaders. Rumors in this regard increased when President Ghani […]

To which direction is the country’s political and security situation headed?

  The political tensions over the governance of Balkh Province and the recent consecutive security incidents in the country have increased concerns about the security and political instability in the country. Even though due the issue of the governance in Balkh no security incident has occurred yet, such issues increase concern about the security and […]

A glimpse to the implementation and violation of the Afghan constitution

  Fourteen years ago, the current Afghan constitution was approved by Loya Jirga and was signed by Hamid Karzai, the then Head of the interim government. The Afghan constitution is assumed one of the achievements of the current regime and is the most important legal document in the country; nevertheless, in the past 14 years, […]

A glimpse into the situation of the country in 2017

  2017 was a year full of challenges and problems for Afghanistan. The political disagreements were reached its highest levels compared to the past 16 years. The security situation in the country was also deteriorated and this years was the bloodiest compared to the past one and half decade. Based on the recent report of […]

The increasing distrust towards holding the upcoming elections

  The Parliamentary and District Council elections are to be held six months later on 7 July 2018 while the distrust over the capacity of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) is increasing in national and international levels. Recently The Diplomat wrote in an article, holding the upcoming elections without the reforms in the electoral system […]

Internal divisions and the future of the Jamiat-e-Islami Afghanistan

  The internal divisions and bargaining for power with the Presidential Palace was something that the Jamiat party had undertaken since the formation of the National Unity Government (NUG); however, recently, these internal disputes have escalated. After the announcement of the acceptation of the former governor of Balkh’s resignation by the Afghan President and the […]

The assessment of the NUG’s policy towards the Afghan refugees

  The Afghan Minister of Refugees and Repatriations Sayed Hussain Alemi Balkhi said last week that two million refugees had returned to Afghanistan since the formation of the National Unity Government (NUG), 70% of which were unregistered refugees and that there were still approximately 6 million Afghans refugees in various countries of the world. Balkhi […]

Will convening a Loya Jirga solve the current problems?

  About one month ago, the former Afghan President Hamid Karzai raised the issue of organizing a Loya Jirga. Karzai said that he had shared the demand with the Afghan government leaders sending a letter. According to Karzai, we (the country) want partnership with both the US and the other countries in the region, but […]

The growing distrust in Afghan-Russian ties

  During his speech in Paktia province, the Afghan President for the first time officially accused Russia of supporting the Taliban and said that “The Taliban are receiving assistance from those who have spilled the blood of one and half million Afghans.” Although President Ghani did not mention any country, but it was obvious that […]