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2014 MSF Afghanistan Report: Between rhetoric and reality

2014 MSF Afghanistan Report: Between rhetoric and reality

The ongoing struggle to access healthcare in Afghanistan, February, 2014. The international NGO Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) has just come out with its 2014 report on Afghanistan as the country enters its final phase leading up [...]

2014 ESSENTIAL FIELD GUIDE TO AFGHANISTAN IS OUT!

2014 ESSENTIAL FIELD GUIDE TO AFGHANISTAN IS OUT!

Buy the 4th fully-revised edition of the Crosslines Essential Field Guide to Afghanistan (EFGA) and gain access to the most comprehensive handbook on Afghanistan with “out of the box” thinking by leading Afghan hands. This invaluable [...]

Crossborder trade in North curbed

Crossborder trade in North curbed

Merchants claim customs procedures at Hairatan checkpoint are riddled with corruption and red tape. Qayum Babak, a journalist trained by the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, investigates the problem. Trade through Afghanistan’s main northern route has [...]

Five (crucial) Factors for Peace in Afghanistan

Five (crucial) Factors for Peace in Afghanistan

Afghanistan has been in a state of war for nearly 35 years. If there is anything we have learned, it is that only a broad-based reconciliation can resolve the fighting. The current US-led military intervention has [...]

Humanitarianism in Uncertain Times  –  What direction?

Humanitarianism in Uncertain Times – What direction?

By Edward Girardet. The war in Afghanistan is now well into its fourth decade with no real solution in sight, particularly for the country’s embattled civilian population. Stressing the disintegration of the Afghan situation, the ICRC’s [...]

Health Challenges: A slow process that still falls below expectations

Health Challenges: A slow process that still falls below expectations

(Courtesy 4th edition of the EFGA) By Emmanuel Tronc.  The international community has invested heavily in Afghanistan’s public health sector since the end of 2001. With the overthrow of the Taliban government in the fall of [...]

Review of The Cult of Massoud – Foreign Policy Magazine.

Review of The Cult of Massoud – Foreign Policy Magazine.

Behind the Cult of Ahmed Shah Massoud By Edward Girardet. For Afghans to write about Ahmed Shah Massoud, the renowned anti-Soviet resistance commander of the 1980s and later head of the United Front (Northern Alliance), in [...]

Iran pushes out Afghans as regional power-play heats up.

Iran pushes out Afghans as regional power-play heats up.

The EFGA normally only reproduces news pieces on the Essential Afghanistan Daily, but this article by Amie Ferris-Rotman of Reuters provides the sort of exceptional insight that we seek to highlight. In this case, the plight of [...]

Afghan collaborators fear future

Afghan collaborators fear future

Following the Soviet withdrawal in February, 1989 leading up to the new civil war of the early 1990s, many Afghan collaborators with the Red Army feared for their lives. Hundreds if not thousands were killed for [...]

Afghan Economy Slows

Afghan Economy Slows

By Sharon Behn,  VOA News 15 November, 2012. See her video report. KABUL — For the past 10 years, Afghanistan’s economy has been heavily dependent on foreign aid and contracts linked to the needs of thousands [...]