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Weekly Commentaries

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14 Jan 2016
By: Dr. G. Rauf Roashan
Kublai Khan
Last week's Berlin meeting of a group of warlords with an American law maker has stirred surprise and discussions on the interference of others in the affairs of Afghanistan. An interference that is illegal, dangerous and injurious to the cause of peace in Afghanistan that is till to rise from the ashes of a protracted war, misery, poverty and disease. She needs unity and compassion rather than encouragement for discord.

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02 Jan 2016
By: Dr. G. Rauf Roashan
Afghanistan watchers are wondering already what would be in the cards for Afghanistan when Nato and other international forces leave the country and when Karzai's second term as president comes to an end in 2014. How would this country that has gained new strategic and economic importance in the region would be administered. What would be the future of democracy in this country when a reactionary insurgency that has not been defeated would either claim or share power in the government. Is peace possible?
23 Dec 2016
By: Dr. G. Rauf Roashan
From the perspective of a political observer it is so interesting to look at Afghanistan while you recall the fictitious Jumanji game as depicted in the film of the same name. The result of moves of the pieces on the board could only be destruction.
21 Nov 2016
By: Dr. G. Rauf Roashan
The signing of a strategic treaty with the United States is an issue of great importance and perhaps Karzai thought it was too big a decision for him to make by himself or together with a parliament that is still to find its own path in becoming truly functional. So he grasped the other option, the convening of a traditional jirga to back him up with its resolution, although non-binding, but most ut who do not agree with him, but they should look at the cards.
22 Oct 2016
By: Dr. G. Rauf Roashan
Policy wise the US finds itself at an important crossroads when its conflict in Iraq comes to a definitive end and its desire to pull out of Afghanistan has prompted preparations to that end. At this juncture, the visit by the US Secretary of State to Central and South Asia could be considered a milestone. In this visit she has pointed to Afghanistan

Recent Analysis and Reports

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10 Dec 2015
By: Dr. Ali Wardak
TEN years ago, a conference in the German city of Bonn agreed on a roadmap the Bonn Agreement for the creation of a post-Taliban administration in Afghanistan. Taliban were excluded from participation and subsequent Afghan governments were strongly dominated by Taliban's former foes. Ten years later, Taliban were once again absent at this week's second Bonn conference, which was boycotted by Pakistan in protest against an American air strike inside Pakistan that killed twenty-four Pakistani soldiers. All the main speakers emphasised the need for peacemaking with the Taliban.
20 Oct 2015
By: Dr. Ali Wardak
The long Afghan conflict has resulted in an extensive destruction of Afghanistan‟s state justice institutions that existed prior to the former USSR invasion of the country in December 1979. The destruction has not only included extensive damage to buildings, office furniture, official records, legal resources, and essential office equipment, but it has also included the death, imprisonment and migration of hundreds of professional justice officials, including qualified judges, prosecutors, police officers, and prison wardens.1 Following the collapse of the Taliban regime, the Bonn Agreement of December 2001 authorized formation of the Afghanistan Judicial Commission.
Justice expert Ali Wardak urges talks with Taliban after Afghanistan visit
23 Aug 2015
By: Dr. Ali Wardak
In the meantime, he is continuing to explore ways to advance peace by laying the foundations for an effective justice system through a hybrid' model which links state and non-state institutions.
14 Sep 2015
By: Dr. G. Rauf Roashan
Afghanistan located in South Central Asian region has acquired an interesting venue for demographic studies. Thirty years of wars and instability coupled with an ongoing war on terror by a coalition of around forty countries in Afghanistan have created an atmosphere of uneven, uncertain and unplanned haphazard development in the country's population affecting the population pyramid quantitatively. On the other hand, the quality of the population has also been affected by a multiplicity of factors including social, political, economic and even military. Each one of the areas above influences the country's demography. A thorough study of the demographic changes would therefore require a discussion of all of the above. An analytical study of the population pyramid and the changing picture of demographic statistics would reveal a wealth of information on the situations in a country still in the grip of war. For example: Afghanistan, declared an independent country is practically under indirect occupation of forces that fight terror on its territory. The local administration is limited in its decisions regarding security, and balanced development.
26 Jul 2014
By: Aziz Babakarkhail
It is of paramount importance to know that democratic political institutions had existed in the country to shape political affairs prior to president Dauod took over in 1973 in a coup d'etat; constitutional monarchy was abolished and Daoud announced himself as president of the Afghan Republic. The coup d'etat since then has developed to be a major and decisive component in the Afghan political culture. During the Russians' invasion, several Soviet
12 Aug 2015
By: James O'Brian USA Today
In Afghanistan, the warlords are fighting each other again, as they have for decades. Their rivalries threaten the peace our soldiers won. Their violence could cost the lives of Americans now guarding President Hamid Karzai.
01 May 2015
By: Halima Kazem
I am having the experience of my life here in Kabul. Landing in Kabul Valley, in the middle of the beautiful Hindu Kush Mountains was a surreal feeling. It still hasn't hit me that I am in Afghanistan, a place that existed only in my dreams. I thought I would feel homesick but the moment I landed in Kabul Airport I felt the majestic mountains embrace me like a long lost mother and the battered but resilient ground support me like a brave! father.
01 Jan 2015
By: Dr. Nour Ali
Afghanistan's economy being ravaged almost completely, its reconstruction has to be started ipso facto from scratch or 'Tabula raza'. The pattern of reconstruction chosen will determine the direction of the consequent political, social, and economic character of the Afghan society. Every precautionary measures must be taken to adduce this economy to the path of highest possible rate of growth with its benefit distributed equitably among all strata of the Afghan community, securing for the country as a whole a long lasting peace and stability.

Current Affairs

Current Affairs

Afghanistan: Toward Parliamentary Elections Kabul/Brussels, 23 November 2015
Constitution an Exercise in Nation Building
A Test in Social Organization

by: Dr. Rauf Roashan

Changes in the Draft Constitution of Afghanistan Introduced
by the Bureau and Reconciliation Commission of the
Consitutional Loya Jirga

Prepared by: Barnett R. Rubin

Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs):
by: Charlotte Watkins (Word Doc.)

Building a Post-War Justice System in Afghanistan
by: Ali Wardak
University of Glamorgan, UK
(Word Doc.)

Radio Afghanistan (Dari and Pashto)
Kabul, Afghanistan
April 8, 2013
In his state-of the-nation address Afghan leader Hamed Karzai criticized his government for its shortcomings, its failure to provide security by setting up a   ....more 

Capacity Building for Development

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24 Nov 2015
By: Dr. G. Rauf Roashan
Another secret was exposed of the inefficiency of the Afghan Government. Karzai's government has been talking to an imposter as the Taleban second in command.
25 Jun 2014
By: Aziz Babakarkhail
A great deal of efforts has been made to revive or rebuild vital institutions in the country. However, the degree of focus on individual institution, as well as aligning priorities of rebuilding a large number of governmental organizations, in view of the resource constraints, amounts to making hard choices among competing alternatives, leading often to an unintentional postponement. The CSO's case is not an exception from this rule.

It is a remarkable accomplishment that the Statistical Master Plan has been laid out to strengthen the statistical capacity in the country and the CSO has been granted an independent status. However, this accomplishment can never solely function, as an end in itself. But, there is an urgent need for a strong and proactive dynamism to turn this achievement into a means in order to achieve the superior objective- building up human and institutional capacity at CSO and thereby improving the national statistical system.