Omar Sadr

Dr. Omar Sadr is a research scholar at the Center for Governance and Markets (CGM), the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) at the University of Pittsburgh. Previously, he worked as an assistant professor of political science at the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF), a senior researcher at the Afghanistan Institute for Strategic Studies (AISS) and as a researcher at the Department of Peace Studies, the National Centre for Policy Research (NCPR), Kabul University. His primary research interests include political theory, governance of cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and multiculturalism, democratic governance, as well as political history of Afghanistan. He has been an advocate of political reform, constitutionalism and pluralism in Afghanistan. Sadr's most recent books include "Negotiating Cultural Diversity in Afghanistan" and "The Republic and Its Enemies: The Status of Republic in Afghanistan."
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Afghanistan’s Public Intellectuals Fail to Denounce the Taliban

Unlike most societies, political alignment in Afghanistan is not divided along the right and the left axis. Most of the policy debates in the last two decades of the so-called republic were shaped by the right — either Afghan/Pashtun ethnonationalism or political Islam. At times, both these political strands were amalgamated with naive populism.  Currently, political fragmentation and... Continue Reading

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Understanding War in Afghanistan: Politics, Culture and Social History

The war in Afghanistan should be studied in relation to political culture, political economy and broader national and regional history. After the formation of the modern nation-state between 1880-1929, Afghanistan has witnessed at least seven major conflicts. Starting from the war of state construction and establishing a centralized authority between 1880-1901; on through the 1919... Continue Reading

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The Politics of Literary Censorship in Afghanistan

Literary censorship in Afghanistan has always been part of a larger cultural project of nation-building. Book burning was a common practice in the despotic empires and authoritarian regimes of the Middle Ages, as well as the nation-states of the 20th century. It happened under the rule of the Ghaznavid dynasty in ancient Khurasan, the Mongol Empire and the German Third Reich. Many... Continue Reading

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