Tag: Afghanistan

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 »

Suspend Afghan election? ‘Continuity in democratic process’ a must, says Ghani

     

The Trump administration is discussing whether to press the Afghan government to suspend coming presidential elections, according to people briefed on the discussions, as the U.S. seeks to engage the… Read more »

Afghanistan’s democracy ‘at risk’

     

After the Taliban government was ousted in 2001, Afghanistan made great strides towards democratization, rebuilding its political system around democratic institutions and norms such as universal suffrage and freedom of… Read more »

Extremists and the Political Mainstream: The Case of Afghanistan

     

A key challenge for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) policies and programs is bringing extremists into the political mainstream, notes Kamran Bokhari. For many Muslim-majority states, the mainstream is contested space…. Read more »

Sima Wali, Champion of Afghan Women’s Rights, R.I.P.

     

  Sima Wali, who fled the Soviet-backed coup in Afghanistan in 1978 to wage what she called a “jihad for peace and equality” by women against “gender apartheid” imposed by… Read more »

Pakistan support for Afghan militants merits ‘total isolation’

     

A former top American diplomat has said the United States should adopt a policy of total isolation against Pakistan, harshly criticizing the country for supporting the Afghan militant groups: In… Read more »

Strategic Reversal in Afghanistan?

     

Dozens of people have been killed in clashes between Islamic State militants and Afghan forces as the extremist movement renewed efforts to seize parts of eastern Afghanistan, according to reports: Fighters… Read more »

Countering violent extremism in Pakistan

     

The drone strike that killed Taliban leader Mullah Mansour confirms that the U.S. will chase and hunt down terrorists who seek refuge in Pakistan, says Zalmay Khalilzad, the former U.S… Read more »

Afghanistan: time to wage war for peace?

     

Contrary to expert expectations and the predictions of many analysts, the death of the Taliban’s leader brought about almost no struggle for succession in the group, notes Moh. Sayed Madadi,… Read more »

Can Afghanistan survive September?

     

Afghanistan’s prospects for political stability are gloomy, according to analysts Moh.Sayed Madadi and Tabish Forugh.* The National Unity Government (NUG) struggles to govern as it fails to deliver the promises… Read more »