Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Thursday, February 20th, 2020

Peace Talks Prone to Escalating Tension in the Region

January 09,2020

It is feared that the US-Taliban ongoing talks in the Qatari capital of Doha will be vulnerable after the escalating tension between Iran and the United States following the US killing of Qassem Suleimani, the powerful commander of Iran’s Quds Force. US officials are concerned about the vulnerability of the Afghan peace process and its Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Iran sought to undermine the process. Some feared that the Taliban will be handed more sophisticated weaponry if peace talks reach a stalemate. A former Afghan intelligence chief, Rahmatullah Nabil, said on Twitter that it would be “no surprise” if such missile technology made its way into Taliban hands if a peace deal were to fall through.

Achieving Sustainable Development

January 08,2020

We live in “the global village” where human societies share organic relations. When a country sustains economic recession, prosperity is harmed everywhere. When a person suffers from a new flu, all are at risk. When nuclear weapon is pursued by one nation, all nations are susceptible to the risk of nuclear attack. When violent extremists spill the blood of individuals in one corner of the world, the entire globe is affected mentally and emotionally. And when innocents are slaughtered in Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan, the public conscience is outraged. That is what it means we live in “the global village” and share ...

Population Growth a Major Impediment to Economic Growth

January 07,2020

Population growth is one of the major barriers to development in developing countries. Nearly all developing countries are struggling with these phenomena. The population . . .

Gender Equality Ensures a Vibrant Society

January 06,2020

Equality between men and women is one of the core values of the Afghanistan constitution. This value has been enshrined in Afghan legal and political frameworks. Based on the Afghanistan constitution, Afghan government is committed to breaking the vicious cycle of gender discrimination through developing gender responsive polices in different sectors. Afghan government has taken different measures and a range of activities aimed at empowering girls and women, protecting their rights, transforming their lives and strengthening their voices as drivers of sustainable development. Afghan government wants to take further measures to ensure empowerment of Afghan ...

Taliban Show no Concern about Civilian Casualties

January 05,2020

Afghan nation and state as well as the international community have been concerned about the civilian casualties in Afghanistan, inflicted by the Taliban militants within almost two decades. Although the Afghan government and ordinary people have called on the Taliban militants on multiple occasions to reduce violence, the Taliban continued their deadly attacks. Taliban leaders and military commanders said that military imperatives take precedence. The Taliban are unlikely to take precautions to protect civilians and their assets if doing so would inhibit their ability to achieve their military objectives ...

The ‘Afghanistan Papers’ Unfold Roadblocks to Counterterrorism

January 04,2020

The focus of discussion between the Taliban and US representatives at the negotiating table in the Qatari capital of Doha will be reduction of violence that could lead to a ceasefire and intra-Afghan dialogue. The Taliban negotiators consult with their top leadership in Pakistan whether or not to declare ceasefire. It appears that the issue of ceasefire has been controversial between the Taliban leaders and their military commanders. It is said that the Peshawar Shura, which has the largest number of Taliban leaders, had made a positive decision on the ceasefire. However, the Quetta Shura, which is mostly military, had different views on the ceasefire. Former members of the Taliban hope that the views of the group’s politicians and militaries will be coordinated. Recently, the AP has reported that the Taliban’s ruling council agreed Sunday to a transient ceasefire ...

No True Democracy Unless Women’s Voices Heard

January 02,2020

The rights and freedoms of women have been a highly controversial subjects during Afghan kings, communist regimes, Mujahidin, and the Taliban regime. Afghan women have been vulnerable to social and political changes and their rights have passed many ups and downs with the changes of regimes. In the post-Taliban Afghanistan, with the establishment of nascent democracy, women’s rights and dignity are still debated hotly. Since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, Afghan women have made significant advances in rights ...

Afghans Hope for Peace in 2020

January 01,2020

Despite the public hope, the year 2019 has been replete with a myriad of challenges for Afghan people. Afghan civilians bore the brunt of violence and conflict and Afghan soldiers also sustained heavy casualties. Neither the US and Taliban negotiators reached an agreement nor the Taliban were pressured to start negotiations with the Afghan government. With the beginning of each year, Afghans hope that peace talks will bear the desired result, which would lead to the establishment of peace and stability, however their ...

The ‘Afghanistan Papers’ Unfold Roadblocks to Counterterrorism

December 31,2019

The focus of discussion between the Taliban and US representatives at the negotiating table in the Qatari capital of Doha will be reduction of violence that could lead to a ceasefire and intra-Afghan dialogue. The Taliban negotiators consult with their top leadership in Pakistan whether or not to declare ceasefire. It appears that the issue of ceasefire has been controversial between the Taliban leaders and their military commanders. It is said that the Peshawar Shura, which has the ...

Stark Difference Between Taliban’s Insurgency and Mujahidin’s ‘Jihad’

December 30,2019

More than four decades of war has inflicted heavy casualties on Afghan people and filled them with strong sense of anguish and disappointment. Afghans still suffer severely in the wake of the ongoing violence and peace remain elusive as the Taliban faction continues its militancy against ...

Why Afghanistan Was Left Alone When the Soviet Union Left the Country

December 29,2019

In December 1979, in the midst of the Cold War, the Soviet 40th Army invaded Afghanistan in order to prop up the communist government of the People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA) against a growing insurgency. At the time, the United States had been making headway in the Middle East at Moscow’s ...

Afghanistan’s Historical Glories and Disgrace

December 28,2019

A number of factions engaged in civil unrests pursued various objectives. Streams of blood were shed and people’s rights and freedoms were violated within more than three decades of war. Contrary to merciless killings with sinister aims behind, some cherished high hopes, freedom and peace for the country. Afghanistan ...

Role of the Media – Highly Essential

December 26,2019

Media plays a crucial role around the globe. It generates public awareness, support freedom of speech and democracy. People are widely involved in news, reports, movies, etc. and imagining modern life without media seems horrible. Modern technologies have ...

Trilateral Agreement Likely to Result in Peace

December 25,2019

The Afghan future government is likely to focus on peace talks, which have been a highly controversial issue. With the start of negotiations between the Taliban and US representatives to end the 18-year-old conflict in Afghanistan, there were many ifs and buts, which slowed ...

Announcing Primary Results: A Big Step Forward

December 24,2019

Afghan Presidential election results were announced on Sunday October 22. It was regarded as a bold step forward; because it was about three months that announcing the primary results had changed to a big problem . . .

Declaration of Truce will Generate Hope and Optimism

December 23,2019

If the Taliban could bring down their expectations in a pragmatic way and made positive response to the latest development, reduce their insurgent offensives, and try to reach a transient ...

Peace Talks Viewed with Hope and Mistrust

December 22,2019

Peace talks between the Taliban and US representatives have again generated hope as the US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said that negotiations had reached an “important stage” amid a renewed push to reach an agreement...

How to Ensure Peaceful Co-existence In Afghanistan

December 21,2019

Racial and religious superiority has left no room for peaceful co-existence. “The scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind”, rooted in ethnocentric ...

Afghanistan’s ‘Historic Tragedy’

December 19,2019

Amanullah Khan, who succeeded his father as the king of Afghanistan in 1919, was a reformist emir and established great milestones in the history of Afghanistan. He liberated the individuals ...

Corruption; Main Barrier to Development

December 18, 2019

Corruption is endemic throughout Afghan society. President Ghani has made specific measures to tackle systematic corruption in the country...

Corruption; Main Barrier to Development

December 17,2019

Corruption is endemic throughout Afghan society.  President Ghani has made specific measures to tackle systematic corruption in the country. As a result, the government ...

Gender-based Discrimination Continues

December 16,2019

Violence against women has increased in Afghanistan despite strong advocacy of women’s rights. A number of individuals still seek to impose their will on women...

The Rocky Resumption of Peace Talks

December 15,2019

With the involvement of the US and Taliban representatives in negotiations, which have not borne a desired result so far, peace talks appear to be a rocky road as Washington ...

Pakistan: The Safe Haven of the Terrorist Groups

December 14,2019

Taliban announced on December 10, 2019 that they will end their fight against the US forces, but they will continue fighting the Afghan National Defense and Security forces...

War in Afghanistan Complicated and Controversial

December 12,2019

The protracted war in Afghanistan has been changed into a highly controversial issue, mainly after the revelation of an investigative report “The Afghanistan Papers” in the Washington ...

Afghan Citizens – The Casualty of Corruption

December 11,2019

Political syndrome has put its adverse effect on the government machinery, where administrative corruption is prevalent. The horrible consequences of corruption in the life of Afghan ...

Delay in Elections Results: Human and Economic Consequences

December 10,2019

Preliminary results from Afghanistan’s September 28 presidential election that was expected to be reported on October 19 – have been delayed for several months. The main reason ...

Ifs and Buts Emerge with Resumption of Talks in Qatar

December 09,2019

The Taliban and US representatives have resumed their negotiations in Doha, three months after the US President Donald Trump called off the talks. Before the resumption of the talks ...

Inhuman Treatment Has no Room in International Principle

December 08,2019

People sustain inhuman treatment in times of war and peace across the world and their rights and “inherent dignity” are violated in one way or another. Although there ...

How to Avoid Electoral Violence?

December 07,2019

Democratization has been started in Afghanistan and Afghans will not let any force to set back this process. As a result, democracy has been embraced by most Afghans. In fact, democracy ...

Women Empowerment As a Human Rights Issue

December 05,2019

Afghan women make tremendous contributions to the development of their communities. In fact, they exert considerable impact on the productivity of male workers. Afghan women, because ...

Why Political Tolerance Matters

December 04,2019

After passing tow months Afghan Independent Election Commission has not been able to announce presidential elections primary results. Deep disagreements between the State Builder ...

Will Peace Emerge without Kabul and Regional Stakeholders?

December 03,2019

Prospects for a political settlement of Afghan conflict could be more promising if all sides understand that the present deadlock is by no means an accident and military means could ...

Human Rights – A Casualty of Religious Fundamentalism and Political Dealings

December 02,2019

Peace and justice have been the highest aspiration of the common people, which will be obtained through respecting the fundamental rights and inherent dignity of all individuals...

Afghans Make Sacrifices for Peace

December 01,2019

It is not enough to say ‘We must not wage war.’ It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it. We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war ...