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A crash course on Afghanistan’s economy

By Javier Delgado Rivera On April 5, the World Bank published its by-annual Development Update for Afghanistan. A deep look at how COVID-19, government’s performance, international circumstances, and even the weather, impacted in the country’s economy during 2020; and how it may behave during the rest of this year.  In …

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Kashmiri Women Par Excellence

By Tahmeena Rizvi The valley of Kashmir which is also known as the literal ‘Heaven on Earth’ has seen very few, small spells of peace in between war, violence, and multitudes of efforts from the rest of the world to ‘own’ it, a lot of it due to its strategic …

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Ending Pakistan’s proxy war in Afghanistan

BY CHRIS ALEXANDER, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR This month’s talks with the Taliban have focused on preventing another “spring offensive.” But after two decades of U.S. and NATO military operations, we should be asking a more basic question: Why is Afghanistan still at war? The answer is deceptively simple: Afghanistan’s conflict continues …

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Lack of Political Unity, Good Governance & Endemic Corruption Peter out Afghan Government Stance in Future Political Set-up in the Country

By Mohammed Gul SAHIBBZADA It has been two decades in the making since the US and allied forces toppled Taliban regime and installed Hamid Karzai as head of transitional Government of Afghanistan in 2001, who continued to rule the country for thirteen years, followed by Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, who took …

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HOPE AND FAIR

By Zia Nezam We must strive to achieve a peace agreement, but it must be a fair and equitable peace agreement. In the 2019 Asia Foundation national survey of 18,000 respondents, only 13 percent of Afghans said that they have a lot or a little sympathy for the Taliban, while …

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The Afghanistan Study Group Recommendations for Peace

                                                Summary by Matin Royeen Ph.D Introduction:  In the past forty years, the Afghan people have paid a very heavy price due to protracted violent conflict.  The bloody Communist coup of 1978 followed by ten years of former Soviet invasion in December of 1979 and the brutal civil war caused …

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