April 24, 2017

Reconnecting Afghanistan

UK Prime Minister David Cameron hosted Afghan President, Ashraf Ghani, Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at No 10 on December 5, 2014, Crown Copyright photo by  Arron Hoare, Creative Commons License)

Afghanistan has finally found its “man of destiny” in Ashraf Ghani. How long before some leader in Pakistan rises above self, selfishness and greed for the sake of the country? Read More »

Withdrawal Symptoms in Afghanistan: An Indian View

(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Lan Kim/ISAFMedia, Creative Commons License)

Many fear that after the U.S. withdrawal, the Taliban will take over southern parts of the country with growing terrorism and insecurity threatening a weak government in Kabul. Read More »

Talking to the Taliban, Again

A British soldier on a military vehicle travels to a combat outpost in the outskirts of Lashkargah, provincial capital of Helmand Province. (Photo by Mohammad Popal/IRIN)

As foreign military forces prepare to complete their withdrawal from combat operations in Afghanistan at the end of the year and as it becomes increasingly clear that large swathes of territory will remain under Taliban control, aid organizations have felt both compelled and empowered to talk to them. Read More »

Challenges for the Afghan Government

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sits with Abdullah Abdullah, left, and Ashraf Ghani, right, at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 12, 2014, after he helped broker an agreement on a technical and political plan to resolve the disputed outcome of the election between them. (State Department photo/ Public Domain)

Only bilateral and multilateral trust and sincerity will help promote the national reconciliation in Afghanistan. But the ground situation hardly portends well because Dr Abdullah Abdullah, the Afghan People’s Dialogue on Peace, India and Russia on the one hand, and Dr Ashraf Ghani, Pakistan, USA, and China, on the other, find themselves at variance. Read More »

WFP Shortfall Fuels Afghan Funding Fears

Two IDP children from southern Helmand province standing behind their mud hut on the outskirts of Kabul. (Photo by Mohammad Popal/IRIN)

Aid agencies are calling on international donors to show their support for Afghanistan even as they face ongoing crises. Humanitarian budgets in Afghanistan had often been tied to military objectives since the 2001 US-led invasion. As foreign troops prepare to pull out, fears of declining budgets are growing.  Read More »

Taxpayers’ Money & Media Publicity of Fraud

A man tamps down soil inside a newly completed greenhouse at the Farah director of agriculture, irrigation and livestock's facilities in Farah City. (Photo by isafmedia, Creative Commons License)

Has the U.S. created a government that the Afghans simply cannot afford? The US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction thinks so, and says that the US has spent more than $104 billion for Afghan reconstruction and raises the question “what have we gotten for the investment” after committing “more funds to reconstruct Afghanistan, than the US spent to rebuild Europe after World War II under the Marshall Plan?” Read More »

The Dangers in Afghanistan’s Political Deal

Secretary of State John Kerry raises hands with  Ashraf Ghani, left, and Abdullah Abdullah, right, at the United Nations Mission Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 12, 2014, after they told reporters about the details of an agreement on a technical and political plan the Secretary helped broker to resolve the disputed outcome of the election between them. (State Department photo, Creative Commons License)

Afghanistan’s new unity government undermines its democratic institutions and many on the Afghan street mince no words to say it. Read More »

Who Are the Afghan Sikhs?

(Photo Chris Goldberg, Creative Commons License)

This little-known group have been leaving their home country in droves for decades. One of the biggest problems faced by Afghan Sikhs when trying to assert their rights is that Afghans regularly view them as immigrants from India. Read More »

US General’s Killing Raises Fears of Taliban Resurgence

Heidi Shyu, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology), hosted the promotion ceremony of Major General Harold J. Greene at the Fort Myer Officers Club Aug. 30, 2012. (Photo by U.S. Army RDECOM, Creative Commons License)

The war in Afghanistan is largely forgotten in the West with all the attention on Gaza, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Nigeria and elsewhere, but it is far from over. And judging by the killing of General Greene, US involvement in Afghanistan will stretch over many years to come. Read More »

Future Uncertain for Afghan Women

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Women and girls may face an uncertain future in Afghanistan at the end of U.S. combat operations in December of this year, says a new report by Council on Foreign Relations. It makes several recommendations for preserving and extending the gains made by Afghan women and girls over the past decade. Read More »