Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

Cancellation of Election Results of Entire Kabul Province is yet another Blow to People’s Trust on Electoral Process

Cancellation of Election Results of Entire Kabul Province is yet another Blow to People’s Trust on Electoral Process

December 10, 2018 | Mohammed Gul Sahibbzada

Transparent, fair and free elections and electoral processes form the bedrock of a democratic society. It is through these processes and institutions that ...

Shifting Middle Eastern Sands Spotlight Diverging US-Saudi Interests

Shifting Middle Eastern Sands Spotlight  Diverging US-Saudi Interests

December 10, 2018 | James M. Dorsey

A series of Gulf and Middle East-related developments suggest that resolving some of the Middle East’s most debilitating and devastating crises while ensuring ...

Counter-terrorism Needs an Eagle Eye

Counter-terrorism Needs an Eagle Eye

December 09, 2018 | Hujjatullah Zia

The number of cases of armed violence including terrorist activities increased to 24,202 worldwide in 2016, a rise of 25 percent year-on-year and dozens of times more . . .

Women, Work, and India’s Rickshaw Revolution

Women, Work, and India’s Rickshaw Revolution

December 09, 2018 | Kasturi GVL

When resources are limited, it is human capital that defines the sustainable development of a community, especially in the case of costly misallocation and ...

Afghan Women as Peacebuilders

Afghan Women as Peacebuilders

December 06, 2018 | Moh. Sakhi Rezaie

With the unanimous adoption of Resolution 1325 by the UNSC in October 2000, women’s role in, and potentials for peace building have gained global ...

Will the Yellow Vests Reject the Brown Shirts?

Will the Yellow Vests Reject the Brown Shirts?

December 06, 2018 | Bernard-Henri Lévy

From the moment the French government canceled its planned fuel tax hike in the face of massive protests, it was obvious that the move would be perceived as inadequate ...

Reactions to Collective Transfer of Afghan Hindus and Sikhs

Reactions to Collective Transfer of Afghan Hindus and Sikhs

December 05, 2018 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari

After the July deadly  attacks on Hindu and Sikhs in the Nangarhar province which left 19 people dead and dozens wounded, the World Sikh Organization of Canada ...

Beyond GDP

Beyond GDP

December 05, 2018 | Joseph E. Stiglitz

Just under ten years ago, the International Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress issued its report, Mismeasuring Our Lives ...

The German New Aid Welcomed in the Fragile Condition of Afghanistan

The German New Aid Welcomed in the Fragile Condition of Afghanistan

December 04, 2018 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari

According to media reports, Germany has agreed to provide additional financial assistance about AFN 5.4 billion to the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund ...

Putting the Public Back in Public Health

Putting the Public Back in Public Health

December 04, 2018 | Mariana Mazzucato

The United Kingdom’s National Health Service marked its 70th birthday this year, so this is a good time to reflect on the NHS’s past and consider ...

Ghazni IDPs: Worsening Condition with Entering the Cold Season

Ghazni IDPs: Worsening Condition  with Entering the Cold Season

December 03, 2018 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari

Hundreds of families who have been displaced due to the recent conflicts in Ghazni districts (Jaghori, Urazgan and Malistan) are living under harsh living ...

Angela Merkel’s Long Goodbye

Angela Merkel’s Long Goodbye

December 03, 2018 | Joschka Fischer

With Angela Merkel having announced that she will step down as leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and not seek reelection as chancellor when her ...

War in Yemen Inflicts Untold Suffering on Civilians

War in Yemen Inflicts Untold Suffering on Civilians

December 02, 2018 | Hujjatullah Zia

Some high-level members of Security Council have stalled the UN resolution calling for a halt to the fighting for control of the port city of Hodeidah ...

Continuous Economic & Military Pressure on Pakistan Pivotal to Bring Lasting Peace in Afghanistan

Continuous Economic & Military Pressure on Pakistan   Pivotal to Bring Lasting Peace in Afghanistan

December 02, 2018 | Mohammed Gul Sahibbzada

Latest drop in value of Pakistani rupee to unprecedented level, which at present stands at Rs.162 to a US$, is indicative of the extent of stress Pakistani economy ...

Seeking Peace Needs An Enterprising Foreign Policy

Seeking Peace Needs  An Enterprising Foreign Policy

December 01, 2018 | Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu

This week Istanbul will host two separate but related international conferences on mediation. . .

Why Human Chess Survives

Why Human Chess Survives

December 01, 2018 | Kenneth Rogoff

With so much angst about artificial intelligence and the future of work, the recent world chess championship in London offers some hope. It is not that mankind ...

Afghan Women Make Strides with Democratic Constitution

Afghan Women Make Strides  with Democratic Constitution

November 28, 2018 | Hujjatullah Zia

Afghan women exercise their rights and freedoms equally to men and hold high political positions in the government’s body following the collapse of the ...

Nuclear Energy; Saudi Arabia’s Coming Washington Battle

Nuclear Energy; Saudi Arabia’s Coming Washington Battle

November 28, 2018 | James M. Dorsey

When Saudi General Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz went shopping in the late 1980s for Chinese medium-range missiles capable of carrying nuclear, chemical or biological ...

The NUG Leaders to Attend Geneva Conference on Afghanistan

The NUG Leaders to Attend Geneva Conference  on Afghanistan

November 28, 2018 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari

Yesterday, the national unity government (NUG) leaders left Kabul to attend the two-day Geneva Conference on Afghanistan 2018 on November 27-28 at the Palais des ...

Why a US-China Tariff Ceasefire Is Coming Soon

Why a US-China Tariff Ceasefire Is Coming Soon

November 28, 2018 | Anatole Kaletsky

The meeting between US President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires this week is being viewed as a make-or-break ...

The New Tactics of War in Afghanistan

The New Tactics of War in Afghanistan

November 27, 2018 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari

With broadening the relationship of Taliban in the regional countries, they have increasingly used new divisive tactics and approaches which is more dangerous ...

US & NATO Fatigue Yields the Urge to Broker Peace Deal between Afghan Government & Taliban (Last Part)

US & NATO Fatigue Yields the Urge to Broker Peace Deal between Afghan Government & Taliban (Last Part)

November 27, 2018 | Mohammed Gul Sahibbzada

The present governance system which is infiltrated with unskilled ragtag leaders with armed men, who had been involved in intrinsic war, campaign contributors and recently ...

The Fruit of China’s 4o Years Reform and Opening-up

The Fruit of China’s 4o Years Reform and Opening-up

November 25, 2018 | Hujjatullah Zia

This year China marks the 40th anniversary of its reform and opening-up, which promoted China to the world’s second largest economy. The opening-up policy ...

US & NATO Fatigue Yields the Urge to Broker Peace Deal between Afghan Government & Taliban (Part 1)

US & NATO Fatigue Yields the Urge to Broker Peace Deal  between Afghan Government & Taliban (Part 1)

November 25, 2018 | Mohammed Gul Sahibbzada

Recent developments in various fronts including sturdy paces of ongoing peace process, hectic diplomatic activities on the part of United States through their ...

The Khashoggi Crisis: (Re)Shaping US Politics As Well As Relations with Saudi Arabia

 The Khashoggi Crisis: (Re)Shaping US Politics  As Well As Relations with Saudi Arabia

November 24, 2018 | James M. Dorsey

The killers of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi may have gotten more than they bargained for.
The killing has sparked multiple ...

CPEC emerging as a connectivity plug

CPEC emerging as a connectivity plug

November 24, 2018 | Muhamamd Zamir Assadi

The announcement by China and Pakistan for inclusion of Afghanistan into China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) the flagship project of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has ...

Afghan Would Restart a Warmer Friendship with US if They Really End the War

Afghan Would Restart a Warmer Friendship  with US if They Really End the War

November 22, 2018 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari

After 17 years war and destruction, the warring sides seems willing to start meaningful negotiations. Following the Qatar peace talks, Officials from the Afghan High ...

The Inconvenient Truth About Saudi Arabia

The Inconvenient Truth About Saudi Arabia

November 22, 2018 | Richard N. Haass

The 2006 documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” highlights former US Vice President Al Gore’s efforts to alert his fellow Americans to the perils ...

Afghan Soldiers Victim of Absence of Battle Field War Strategy in the Face of Ongoing Relentless Attrition

Afghan Soldiers Victim of Absence of Battle Field War Strategy  in the Face of Ongoing Relentless Attrition

November 21, 2018 | Mohammed Gul Sahibbzada

Casualties of Afghan soldiers in battle fields continue to rise as Taliban insurgents persistently attack government installations and military outposts in country ...

The Privatization of War in Afghanistan

The Privatization of War in Afghanistan

November 21, 2018 | Abdul Qahar Bakhshi

Private military industries in the US are behind the proposal of privatization of the war in Afghanistan. Erik D. Prince, the founder of the Blackwater Worldwide ...

The Consequences of Taliban Attacks on Hazara Region

The Consequences of Taliban Attacks  on Hazara Region

November 19, 2018 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari

Following the coordinated attacks of Taliban on Hazara regions, especially Jaghori inflicted severe damages on the lives of already deprived people...

How Can Countries Reduce Poverty Faster?

How Can Countries Reduce Poverty Faster?

November 19, 2018 | M Niaz Asadullah and Antonio Savoia

Can the world end poverty by 2030, the target set by the United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development? The UN General Assembly recently reaffirmed this ...

The Rocky Road of Peace Talks

The Rocky Road of Peace Talks

November 18, 2018 | Hujjatullah Zia

Despite the fact that the Taliban have come to negotiating table with the US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad to talk end of 17 years of conflict in Afghanistan, insurgency ...

Europe’s New Political Battle Lines

Europe’s New Political Battle Lines

November 18, 2018 | Zaki Laïdi

French President Emmanuel Macron has framed the European Parliament election in May 2019 as a battle not between the traditional right and left, but between populists ...

IEC Failure to Announce Timely Election Results Cast Doubt on Validity of Vote Counting Process

 IEC Failure to Announce Timely Election Results Cast Doubt  on Validity of Vote Counting Process

November 17, 2018 | Mohammed Gul Sahibbzada

Afghan Parliamentary elections held on 20th October 2018 had been touted to be one of the most efficient and organized elections in country’s history, but ...