Category: Afghanistan

Corruption in the spotlight as anti-graft efforts are stalled

     

  Former Portuguese MEP Ana Gomes and campaigning Afghan newspaper Etilaat Roz (above) are among the shortlisted candidates for Transparency International’s 2020 Anti-Corruption Award. The Anti-Corruption Award honors remarkable organizations and… Read more »

‘We failed to protect our best ones’: Activists killed in Kabul University attack

     

Human rights and democracy advocates are expressing sympathy and solidarity with Afghan civil society after at least three activists were killed in an Islamic State attack on Kabul University. Afghanistan… Read more »

The keys to advancing good governance? Local dynamics, domestic actors

     

  International Anti-Corruption Day may be over, but the scourge of political graft and demands for good governance remain, as the newly-released tranche of Afghanistan papers confirms. The U.S. Treasury… Read more »

‘Nation-building on superstructure of kleptocracy’: Newly released documents detail Afghanistan failure

     

Lawmakers, veterans and experts have expressed shock and resignation after a Washington Post report Monday unveiled 18 years of distortion by U.S. officials over the prosecution of the war in Afghanistan…. Read more »

Afghanistan: current withdrawal plan risks ‘total civil war’?

     

The United States would withdraw almost 5,000 troops from Afghanistan and close five bases within 135 days under a draft peace accord agreed with the Taliban, said the chief U.S…. Read more »

Too late to strengthen the democracy that undergirds Afghan state?

     

While Afghanistan’s 2014 presidential elections were flawed, heavy voter turnout demonstrated that Afghan citizens preferred democracy over Taliban rule. In this context, it is in the interests of United States to… Read more »

‘Unprincipled cut-and-run’ would betray Afghanistan’s fragile democratic process

     

  Does the U.S. risk turning a chance for success in Afghanistan into a shameful failure? If the result of a quick withdrawal is the collapse of the government and… Read more »

Taliban talks must protect Afghan state structure & citizens’ rights

     

To take advantage of the opportunity provided by the existing talks to end the war in Afghanistan, the United States needs to negotiate with a sober understanding of the Taliban… Read more »

The New Normal? From non-state actors to ‘terrorist governors’

     

The Venezuelan regime’s mobilization of violent colectivo gangs against opposition protesters is only the latest instance of authoritarian regimes orchestrating illiberal non-state actors to counter democratic forces. Some non-state actors… Read more »