The 17th SCO summit and its impacts on Afghanistan

  Astana, the Kazakhstani capital, hosted the summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) leaders on 8 and 9 June 2017. The Afghan president Ashraf Ghani had also participated in this meeting. Besides delivering his speech in the summit, the Afghan President met the Presidents of China, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, as well as the Prime Ministers of […]

The recent political and security tensions: concerns and outcomes

  The latest bloody incidents in Kabul have paved the way for political tensions in the country, and following the series of political mistrusts, disagreements between Jamiat-e-Islami and the government has increased. The deadly incident in the green zone in Kabul last week killed more than 90 people and injured around 461 others[1]. This incident […]

The Afghan airspace and the existing challenges

  Several days ago, violating the Afghan airspace, Russian airplanes entered Badakhshan province in Northern Afghanistan. Moreover, some media outlets have released reports which suggested that in some of the Northern provinces, unknown helicopters had landed and distributed arms to unknown armed groups. Despite billions of dollars of international community’s aid, Afghanistan is still encountering […]

The Durand Line; its background and impacts on Pak-Afghan ties

  The monthly magazine of (EP Today) has published a piece written by the Vice President of European Parliament Ryszard Czarnecki under the title of “Time to revisit the Durand Line” last week. The magazine publishes the articles written by the members of European Parliament about the issues that they regard as important at the […]

Torture and violence against prisoners in Afghanistan

  In its recent report, the US Committee against Torture (CAT) has accused Kandahar Police Chief General Abdul Razeq of torturing prisoners, executions without trial and having secret prisons. General Razeq, on the other hand, denies all these accusations. Approximately one month ago (24 April 2017), a report, published by United National Assistance Mission in […]

Hekmatyar’s entry into national politics and its impacts on the country

  After two decades, the head of Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin Hekmatyar appeared in a public gathering in Laghman province. Some lawmakers and government officials had also participated in the meeting, and it was the first time Hekmatyar directly and officially met Afghan government officials since 2001. Hekmatyar give a speech in a gathering of his followers […]

The bloody incident of Balkh and the government’s policy of peace and war

  The Taliban carried out a deadly attack on 209th Shaheen Corps last week. Based on the recent investigations of the Afghan Ministry of Defense, in this assault 140 soldiers are dead, and more than 60 are wounded. Shaheen Corps is one of the major army bases in the Northern Afghanistan. 30 thousand US troops […]

The new US administration and the future of Kabul-Washington relations

  The US Secretary of Defense General Jim Mattis in an unexpected trip visited Kabul on 24 April 2017. He said that in this voyage he aimed to assess the security situation in Afghanistan. In a joint press conference with the top NATO commander in Afghanistan General John Nicolson, Mattis said that 2017 would be […]

The mother of all bombs, the reasons behind its use and its evaluation

  The US forces used their biggest non-nuclear bomb in Assadkhail region in Achin District of Nangarhar Province on 13 April 2017. This weapon which is also called “the mother of all bombs” is said to have been used to target ISIL fighters in Afghanistan, but many believe that using “the mother of all bombs” […]

The Impacts of the Syrian crisis on Afghanistan

  Since the past Friday, the situation in Syria is dramatically changing. The Syrian government used Sarin chemical weapon in Khan Sheikhoun area of Adlib city which left 89 dead including 33 children. The attack sparked reactions internationally. The US, in response to this attack, launched 59 missiles on the Syrian airbase Shayrat. Many countries […]

Increase in US troops level in Afghanistan and Trump’s unclear AfPak Policy

  In the first week of 1396 (Afghan Solar Year), the Afghan Minister of Foreign Affairs traveled to the US to participate in the Atlantic Council Conference. In his speech in the conference, he called on the US government to send more troops to Afghanistan to fight ISIL and the Taliban. The demand for more […]

Afghanistan in 1395: Achievements and failures

  Compared to the past 15 years, 1395 was one of the most challenging years for Afghanistan. In this year, the security situation was worse than ever, the peace process faced a stalemate, foreign policy was, to a greater extent, imbalanced, the country’s economic growth was low, and the country was dealing with migration crisis […]

The Kabul-Islamabad-Delhi triangle and the future

  The Afghan National Security Advisor Hanif Atmar went on a three-day trip to India last week and participated in the 19th Asian Security Conference held by the Indian Defensive Researches Institute. In his speech to the conference, Atmar said that 20 out of 98 terrorist groups in the world were active in various regions […]

From the meeting of ICG to the International Conference of Muslim Ulema

  Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) hosted a meeting of International Contact Group (ICG) on Afghanistan in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Feb 28, 2017, where representative of 50 countries and international organizations had participated. The main issue discussed in the meeting was security and stability in Afghanistan. An Afghan delegation headed by the Afghan Deputy […]