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Military Withdrawal is not a Sign of Failure

Military Withdrawal is  not a Sign of Failure

December 26, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

According to reports, around ten thousand US troops are about to leave the country within upcoming days. It is part of the security transition process which started earlier this year. President Obama previously announced that around 33 thousand US combatant troops would be withdrawn within months. Reportedly, the remaining 23 ...

Trapped in Contradiction

Trapped in Contradiction

December 26, 2011 | Nasruddin Hemati

There have been incidents and approachescausing divergence in US-Afghan relations. The two countries have had the closest relation since ouster of Taliban and establishment of the new democratic system here in Afghanistan. Since then, both countries' government officials have complained about the shortfalls ...

Afghanistan’s Urban Crisis Needs to be Addressed

Afghanistan’s Urban Crisis Needs to be Addressed

December 25, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

Afghanistan has seen an impressive growth in urbanization in the years following the ouster of Taliban in 2001. The urban sprawl of Afghan cities and towns now expand beyond their old limits, embracing outlying areas in suburbs where living was unthinkable merely a decade ago. Kabul, or to be precise the Greater Kabul, leads...

Afghanistan 2014: Starting up Mining Boom Crucial to Financial Survival of Army and Government

Afghanistan 2014: Starting up Mining Boom Crucial to Financial Survival of Army and Government

December 25, 2011 | Latif Mohammadi

In my article 'Afghanistan 2014: Risks of government collapse' published in Outlook Afghanistan on Nov 14, 2011, I identified financial shortfall to defence budget of Afghanistan beyond 2014 as one risk that could bring about total collapse of Afghan army and government. Owing to disrepute the Afghan ...

Afghanistan Needs Long-Term American Assistance

Afghanistan Needs Long-Term American Assistance

December 24, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

There are many Afghan people some among the Afghan intelligentsia as intellectuals and high-ranking government officials, who openly criticize the U.S.' presence and involvement in Afghanistan and insist that Afghanistan can stand back on its feet and manage its affairs without American involvement. They ...

Night Raids and Peace Process

Night Raids and Peace Process

December 24, 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

The prospects of security in Afghanistan seem very much dubious. Among the different tactics that the NATO troops have always believed in to be very much useful against the terrorists has been the night raids. Through the night raids they have been able to achieve remarkable goals but at the same time they have been very much ...

Globalization and Afghanistan

Globalization and Afghanistan

December 24, 2011 | Zabihullah Hussain

The term "Globalization" which has changed the world to a smaller village, covers a wide range of political, economic and cultural trends. Globalization in popular discourse is often treated as the synonym for one or more of the following phenomena. The pursuit of classical liberal (or "free market") ...

Political Office for Taliban: a Dangerous Move

Political Office for Taliban:  a Dangerous Move

December 22, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

Talks and meetings with the Taliban, spearheaded by the Americans, have been resumed after the initial contacts had ended in failure. Qatar and Germany were the two countries that had facilitated the process of outreach and confidence-building between the two sides. Occasional contacts and meetings led to more serious...

“We Must Not Deceive Ourselves!”

“We Must Not Deceive Ourselves!”

December 22, 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

Afghan government, though was much inactive after the death of High Peace Council Chief Burhan ud din Rabbani as far as reconciliation process is concerned, has once again become very much involved and optimistic about the process. Though the response of Taliban has not been very much satisfactory, the governmental ...

Withdrawal Shacks the Tree of Democracy in Iraq

Withdrawal Shacks the  Tree of Democracy in Iraq

December 22, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

Though the American military withdrawal started according to fixed schedule, many maintain about the essentiality of American presence for a longer period. Why US combatant troops left when there is no guarantee for stable and democratic Iraq? Washington has already paid a lot. The war has cost it too much. So, why it is going to put ...

Humanizing the Monster 

Humanizing the Monster 

December 21, 2011 | Dr. Mohammad Taqi

In his foreword to Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef's book, Professor Barnett Rubin of New York University sets the stage for the launch, ostensibly, of a refreshingly authentic work of this inaccurate and revisionist take on contemporary Afghan history.
My Life with the Taliban, written by the former Taliban ambassador to Pakistan, has been praised across the board by the media ...

Turkey and the Changing Regional Power Dynamics

Turkey and the Changing Regional Power Dynamics

December 21, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The cause of Palestine seems to have turned into the holy grail of Middle-Eastern politics. More than a crusade for finding a solution to the decades-old conflict, wading through the waters of the Arab-Israeli feud has become a springboard towards fame, name and influence for the more ambitious countries ...

Cyber Armies, Economic War and Financial Market

Cyber Armies, Economic War and Financial Market

December 21, 2011 | Musa Khan Jalalzai

Recent cyber technology development and its direct links with economic War have brought about many changes to the financial market and economic security of the United Kingdom. In my previous articles on cyber terrorism, what I had predicted about the abrupt cyber attack on UK state institutions ...

Profile of Iraq’s War Sealed

Profile of Iraq’s War Sealed

December, 20 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

The US combatant troops left Iraq after years of engagement. When they invaded the country, there were thousands welcoming them and thanking former US President, Mr. Bush for ending the decades-long dictatorship. Initially, streets of Baghdad and other cities across the country looked friendly to American troops, but day by day ...

Peace Process: Need for a Clear Strategy

Peace Process: Need  for a Clear Strategy

December, 20 2011 | Mohd. Ahsan

As the international troops are set to withdraw from Afghanistan by 2014, what is likely to take place, sooner or later, is a political settlement with Taliban. Political pundits maintain if the United States is to get rid of Afghan war and portrait it as a triumph to the world, there is a need for a political solution. If other words ...

The UK Olympic Security Challenges

The UK Olympic  Security Challenges

December, 20 2011 | Musa Khan Jalalzai

In 11 March 2011, government announced the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Safety and Security Strategy which guarantees delivering a secure game. This strategy, which focuses on five areas; protect, prepare, identify and disrupt, command, plan and resource and engage, will be dealt under the principles of ...

Preparations for 2014 Elections?

Preparations for 2014 Elections?

December 19, 2011 | Abbas Daiyar

The rumor of President Karzai's "preparations" for the Presidential elections in 2014 is now becoming a firm belief among political circles of Kabul. Such concerns appeared in press releases or speeches of opposition politicians with the start of President Karzai's stalemate with parliament and the election crisis prior to that. It was more of ...

Afghanistan’s Unaffordable Military Expenses

Afghanistan’s Unaffordable Military Expenses

December 19, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

Afghanistan's transition to wards peace, stability, growth and development is still an ongoing journey. More than the years since the fall of the Taliban and the dawn of the new era, challenges remain firm and numerous as plentiful have been the achievements. Looking ahead towards 2014 and beyond, many challenges are ...

A Journey to Death

A Journey to Death

December 19, 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

An overcrowded boat, carrying Afghan, Iranian and Iraqi migrants from Indonesia to Australia could only reach to the depth of the sea after being capsized off the coast of east Java on Sunday, December 18, 2011. The reports say that there were more than 300 passengers in the boat, which was basically meant to carry only 100 ...

Reconciliation must be Transparent

Reconciliation must be Transparent

December 18, 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

The reports of an unofficial Taliban embassy in Qatar stirred the calm ocean of confidence in the Afghan presidential office. The reports were very much stirring for the President Karzai and other Afghan authorities because they were not involved in the matter; the news came to them as a shock and they reacted ...

Democracy in Post-American Iraq

Democracy in  Post-American Iraq

December 18, 2011 | Nasruddin Hemati

In pursuit of Obama's 2008 campaign promise, the US forces formally marked end of their nine years mission in Iraq on Thursday. Iraqis are, however, having worried eyes on the occasion. In the course of military presence in Iraq – declared to defuse Saddam Hussain's nuclear weapons – the US government encountered security challenges and ...

Urban Population is not Used to Meeting Human Resource Deficit

Urban Population is not Used to Meeting Human Resource Deficit

December 18, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

Recently I participated in a workshop held in Ministry of Interior by an NGO aiming to help ministry leaders to develop strategic thinking and increase their capacity to deal with upcoming challenges in the lack of international community's military involvement. The workshop was for the capacity building to senior leaders of the Ministry ...

Is the War against Terrorism being Won?

Is the War against Terrorism being Won?

December 17, 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

During his surprise visit to Afghanistan, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, while talking to a forward operating base of coalition troops in Sharan said, "We are winning this tough conflict." Moreover, before his arrival in Kabul for the same visit, he had told the journalists who were accompanying him, "They ...

US Surveillance Flights: What’s Afghanistan’s Position?

US Surveillance Flights: What’s Afghanistan’s Position?

December 17, 2011 | Sher Ali Yecha

After, Iran was able to capture a US drone - which it accused of spying on its nuclear-program sites – it warned the Afghan government, on Thursday, not to permit US to operate such surveillance flights. Any further flights would be regarded as a hostile act, the Iranian foreign minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, said in an interview with ...

Bonn Conference & NATO Ministerial on Afghanistan

Bonn Conference & NATO Ministerial on Afghanistan

December 17, 2011 | S. M. Hali

The Bonn Conference on Afghanistan hosted on December 5th raised the aspirations of the 1100 participants towards reaching peaceful settlement of the problems facing Afghanistan and the region, described as a conference for peace rather than a peace conference by Ambassador Michael Steiner, Germany's special Representative for ...

Traditional Madressahs to Replace Modern Education

Traditional Madressahs to Replace Modern Education

December 15, 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

As the transition period is going on toward a decisive end and the withdrawal of international forces have become certain, the concerns regarding the future of Afghanistan are also increasing. There are many in the country who fear the return of Taliban-like system in the country; if not return of ...

Cultural Dynamism

Cultural Dynamism

December 15, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

One of the topics that have attracted attention of thinkers, statesmen, theorists and etc is the cultural invasion. It brought about serious discussions in Islamic countries. Particularly, traditionalists and religious leaders have stood against the process strongly. After 2001, the topic has been widely discussed in Afghanistan. Several times ...

Zardari’s Future: US to Make Difficult Decision

Zardari’s Future: US to Make Difficult Decision

December 15, 2011 | Muhammad Younas

Last November 23rd, Nawaz Sharif submitted a petition in a Supreme Court of Pakistan. In his petition, he asked the court to launch a judicial investigation into "Memogate" and to summon all respondents in his petition — President Asif Ali Zardari, former ambassador Husain Haqqani, American citizen Mansoor Ijaz, Chief of the ...

A Derelict Priority

A Derelict Priority

December 14, 2011 | Nasruddin Hemmati

No need to argue that "the Christmas comes but once a year". So, it needs to be used optimally. Coming closer to the end, the very generous aids poured in Afghanistan for the last one decade have affected things considerably. Certain promising changes are seen in Afghan economy, military, politics and social activities. However, things are needed to change ...

More About Deadly Kabul Attack

More About Deadly Kabul Attack

December 14, 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

The deadly Ashura (10th Muharram) attack in Kabul that killed about 80 people and injured more than 100 was one of the most tragic attacks in Afghanistan. Kabul city is still echoing with the shrieking sound of the attack and the saddening screams of the victims. The attack was totally unexpected and authorities were totally unprepared ...

Ashura Incidents Have Affected Public Opinion towards Islamabad

Ashura Incidents Have Affected Public Opinion towards Islamabad

December 14, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

Right after the series of attacks on the day of Ashura in Kabul, Mazar-e-Sharif and Kandahar which left more than seventy dead and more than two hundred injured, a Pakistan-based insurgency group known as Lashkar-e-Jangvi proudly claimed the responsibility. A person by the name of Abubakr Mansor ...

Blunders to be Undone

Blunders to be Undone

December, 13 2011 | Abbas Daiyar

It was on this page 5 months ago when the first preparatory meeting for Bonn II was held in Kabul under the auspicious of International Contact Group, that I had written there were no expectations of a breakthrough in the peace and reconciliation process. That was what organizers of the conference initially aimed all about. On the 10th ...

Credibility Gap between Pakistan and US

Credibility Gap between Pakistan and US

December, 13 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

The Pakistani Prime Minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani has mentioned that there is a credibility gap between Pakistan and US and both the countries need to trust each other more if they are really interested in decreasing this gap. He mentioned in a recent interview, "Yes there is a credibility gap, we are working together and still we don't ...

Opium Production and Trade Aggravate a Simmering Social Crisis

Opium Production and Trade Aggravate a Simmering Social Crisis

December, 13 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The unbridled production and trafficking of narcotics in many parts of the country impose great social and political costs on the country. The social dimension of this illicit, albeit lucrative trade has been an unprecedented rise in drug addiction among our population; needless to say that Afghan drug ...

Continuation of Odds

Continuation of Odds

December, 12 2011 | Sher Alam Saqib

After the assassination of Professor Rabbani in September, Pakistan was declared to be the chief party to the reconciliation process, which started with intensity more than a year ago. The argument for this change in the talk was that Taliban themselves do not have any autonomy and they are controlled and used by ...