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We will not Go Back to the Past

We will not Go Back to the Past

December 26, 2018 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari

The sudden and hasty decision of Donald Trump to withdraw more than half of American troops from Afghanistan provided a hasty and turbulent debate throughout the country...

China Paving the Way for Peace and Development in The Region

China Paving the Way for Peace and  Development in The Region

December 25, 2018 | Muhammad Zamir Assadi

The second trilateral meeting between China, Pakistan and Afghanistan has reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthening their relations, deepening cooperation ...

A Business Model for Sustainability

A Business Model for Sustainability

December 25, 2018 | Paul Polman

In a recent report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that without “rapid and far-reaching” changes to how land, energy, industry, buildings ...

Peace Talks Put US at a Crossroads

Peace Talks Put US at a Crossroads

December 24, 2018 | Hujjatullah Zia

The US’ abrupt decision for decreasing its military presence in Afghanistan from more than 14,000 troops to about 7,000 is most likely to be the result of its ...

Taliban Continue to Outsmart Afghan Government & the US under the Guise of ‘Peace Talks’ (last part)

Taliban Continue to Outsmart Afghan Government &  the US under the Guise of ‘Peace Talks’ (last part)

December 24, 2018 | Mohammed Gul Sahibbzada

People of Afghanistan doubt the intention of Taliban insurgents in the ongoing peace negotiations. They fear balance of flow of things has been tilted towards Pakistan agenda ...

Taliban Continue to Outsmart Afghan Government & the US under the Guise of ‘Peace Talks’

Taliban Continue to Outsmart Afghan Government & the US under the Guise of ‘Peace Talks’

December 23, 2018 | Mohammed Gul Sahibbzada

When US and NATO member countries first committed to Afghanistan and sent their armies to establish order and security after they toppled Taliban regime in Kabul, Afghans ...

Reviving Civil Disobedience

Reviving Civil Disobedience

December 23, 2018 | Jan-Werner Mueller

With populism and authoritarianism on the rise around the world, there has been considerable talk of “resistance,” especially in the United States...

A Good Neighborhood is a Great Treasure (Part 1)

A Good Neighborhood is a Great Treasure (Part 1)

December 22, 2018 | Liu Jinsong

Many Afghan friends know the Great Wall of China and the famous Chinese saying: He who has never been to the Great Wall is not a true man. Those who have been there speak ...

Macron’s Misstep Is Europe’s Loss

Macron’s Misstep Is Europe’s Loss

December 22, 2018 | Dominique Moisi

Are the Yellow Vest protests across France as consequential as the mass rallies of May 1968? It is too soon to say. The revolt has forced French President Emmanuel Macron ...

Taliban’s Unreasonable Bargain is an Obstacle before Fruitful Talks

Taliban’s Unreasonable Bargain is an Obstacle  before Fruitful Talks

December 20, 2018 | Hujjatullah Zia

The third meeting between the Taliban and US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has been held in Abu Dhabi with the presence of officials from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE ...

A Life Lived for Human Rights

A Life Lived for Human Rights

December 20, 2018 | Aryeh Neier

In her 1993 memoir, The Thaw Generation: Coming of Age in the Post-Stalin Era, Lyudmila Alexeyeva points out that there is no good Russian word for “dissident. . .

Individual Development in Social Life

Individual Development in Social Life

December 19, 2018 | Dilawar Sherzai

In a tribal setup, family plays a key role. It is the center of the entire social life. In fact, it is considered responsible for all sort of nourishment that a person receives...

Stepped up US Military Posture in the Gulf threatens Indian hopes for Iran’s Chabahar port

Stepped up US Military Posture in the Gulf  threatens Indian hopes for Iran’s Chabahar port

December 19, 2018 | James M. Dorsey

The arrival of the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier group in the Gulf to deter Iran from further testing ballistic missiles is likely to dampen Indian hopes that ...

Role of Media in Peace Building

Role of Media in Peace Building

December 18, 2018 | Moh. Sakhi Rezaie

Media can play a vital role in Peace Building in Afghanistan. One of the key issues to be interrogated by media researchers in relation to conflicted societies is the extent ...

The Revolution Europe Needs

The Revolution Europe Needs

December 18, 2018 | Guy Verhofstadt

The spontaneous street protests in Paris over the past month come almost exactly 50 years after the mass revolt of May 1968. But that is not to say the two events are comparable...

The Role of Regional Players in Afghan Peace Process

The Role of Regional Players in Afghan Peace Process

December 17, 2018 | By: Moh. Salem Naji - Translated By: Moh. Zahir Akbari

As from several decades ago, Afghanistan has been involved in violence and civil war which sometimes has been increasing but sometimes decreasing...

Europe in Disarray

Europe in Disarray

December 17, 2018 | Richard N. Haass

It was not all that long ago – just a few years, as hard as that it is to believe – that Europe appeared to be the part of the world most closely resembling the end-of-history ...

The Consequences of One Decade Negligence of Taliban

The Consequences of One Decade Negligence of Taliban

December 16, 2018 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari

Undoubtedly, from 2004 to 2014, it was one of the most suitable periods for Taliban to re-growth. The Taliban has so strengthened, during this period, that the Afghan ...

Prospects for US-China Relations in 2019

Prospects for US-China Relations in 2019

December 16, 2018 | Kevin Rudd

Throughout 2018, much of Asia has been shaken by the new and increasingly unpredictable dynamics in Sino-American relations. One year ago, US President Donald ...

Distinctive Features of the Japanese Education System

Distinctive Features of the Japanese Education System

December 15, 2018 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari

Japan’s education system played a central part in Japan’s recovery and rapid economic growth in the decades following the end of World War II...

Trump’s Economic War of Choice

Trump’s Economic War of Choice

December 15, 2018 | Jim O’Neill

The brewing conflict between the United States and China is typical of zero-sum contests among countries, firms, and individuals. The US is acting under the implicit ...

Effective Factors in Mental Health

Effective Factors in Mental Health

December 12, 2018 | Ali Rezayi

There is no agreed definition for mental health or illness. Those who play their role constructively in society are mentally healthy and vice versa...

The Political Roots of Falling Wage Growth

The Political Roots of Falling Wage Growth

December 12, 2018 | Jayati Ghosh

It’s now official: workers around the world are falling behind. The International Labor Organization’s (ILO) latest Global Wage Report finds that . . .

The Difficulty of Fighting Corruption in Corrupt Structure

The Difficulty of Fighting Corruption in Corrupt Structure

December 12, 2018 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari

Celebrating the international anti-corruption day on Monday, the NUG high ranking Officials including the president and vice president emphasized Afghanistan’s . . .

Lies, Damned Lies, and AI

Lies, Damned Lies, and AI

December 12, 2018 | Diane Coyle

Algorithms are as biased as the data they feed on. And all data are biased. Even “official” statistics cannot be assumed to stand for objective, eternal ...

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 ...