Britain Must Protect Afghanistan’s Chevening Scholars

July 05, 2021

On June 1, the UK defense and home secretaries announced that the local staff who worked for the British government in Afghanistan, including many interpreters for the British military, would be eligible for expedited relocation to the UK under the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy...

The Hazara Minority’s Precarious Existence in Afghanistan

May 13, 2021

On the evening of May 8, a car bomb exploded in front of a high school in a majority Hazara neighborhood of west Kabul, Afghanistan. The blast killed more than 85 civilians and injured at least 150 others, almost all of them schoolgirls aged between 13 and 18. Images shared on social media showed...

No Clear Vision to End Violence in Afghanistan

November 16, 2020

Afghanistan has been engulfed in bloodshed and confusion for decades. The deal between the United States and the Taliban signed on February 29 in Doha, Qatar, has added more tension to the conflict by creating competition among anti-government militants. Groups such as the Islamic State...

Without Free and Fair Elections, Afghanistan’s Economy Will Not Recover

September 25, 2019

Afghanistan’s presidential election, scheduled for September 28, will hopefully bring the 9.6 million registered voters to the polling stations, 35% of them women. The election is essentially a rematch between the current president, Ashraf Ghani, and his chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah, plus...

The Afghan Peace Process: Two Phases of the Taliban

April 30, 2019

The prospect of a peaceful Afghanistan is only realistic if the Taliban breaks ties with other terrorist groups, agrees to a ceasefire and joins the intra-Afghan peace talks. The Afghan government has been calling for peace talks for many years, yet only in November 2018 did the Taliban agree to...

Taliban Attacks on Hazara Communities Raise Fear of Mass Atrocities

November 13, 2018

Afghanistan’s Hazara community is caught between attacks by Taliban and Islamic State militants, and neglect by the government. It started with a Facebook post: “I can’t bear it anymore. I am going out. Will you join me?” Within an hour, by midnight local time on November 11, hundreds...

Boosting Afghanistan’s Private Sector

May 22, 2017

Cooperation between India and Afghanistan can bring mutual benefits and strategic advantages. Worldwide, the private sector is the primary driver of economic growth. It plays a central role in the creation of capital, income, employment, mobilization of domestic resources, innovation and welfare...