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Iran behind water resources destruction in Afghanistan

Iran behind water resources destruction in Afghanistan

This piece, which seeks to highlight Iran’s involvement in dominating Afghan water supplies – a potential area for future conflict – was first published by Khaama Press on March 24, 2013. The neighboring countries of Afghanistan, [...]

Hamid Karzai’s risky rants

Hamid Karzai’s risky rants

The following comment by Omar Samad was first published by Foreign Policy on March 15, 2013. US-Afghan relations – fine line between rhetoric, frustration and partnership As Americans try to make sense of the latest salvo [...]

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 [...]

Crisis looms in Central Asia’s Great Game

Crisis looms in Central Asia’s Great Game

The following piece by Ahmed Rashid was published by the Financial Times, London. Sixteen years ago this month there was panic across central Asia. Having captured Kabul, the Taliban were moving northwards and some commanders were [...]

In Afghanistan, It’s Not All in the Numbers

In Afghanistan, It’s Not All in the Numbers

By Sarah Chayes. (First published by the Carnegie Endowment, December, 2012). It seems that whenever a measure of realism regarding the U.S. engagement in Afghanistan sobers the debate among policymakers and observers, the Asia Foundation brings [...]

Afghan civil society worried

Afghan civil society worried

Building a strong civil society is among the greatest US successes since the occupation began. Can it last when the US leaves? This article by Chris Sands was published on 13 November, 2012 by The Global [...]

Viewpoint: Obama’s second chance to secure Afghan peace

Viewpoint: Obama’s second chance to secure Afghan peace

By Ahmed Rashid in Lahore, Pakistan — (The following column was first published by the BBC World Service webpage on 8 November, 2012) It will take a lot of persuading to convince the leaders of Pakistan [...]

Afghanistan: Credible and Legitimate Elections Are a Must

Afghanistan: Credible and Legitimate Elections Are a Must

By  Omar Samad. The following piece was first published by USIP on 1 November 2012 (Olive Branch Post) By announcing April 5, 2014, as the official date to hold the much-anticipated Afghan presidential elections, the Independent [...]

After Malala shooting, Taliban goes after media critics

After Malala shooting, Taliban goes after media critics

By Sumit Galhotra and Bob Dietz/CPJ Asia Program Pakistani children in Karachi pray for the recovery of 14-year-old schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban, on October 12. (AP/Shakil Adil) Journalists, like many others [...]