The Little Book of Kabul: The Everyday Life of Artists

November 07, 2014

The Little Book of Kabul explores what it means to be an artist in the Afghan capital. The Little Book of Kabul is a book project that depicts a portrait of Kabul through the daily activities of a number of artists who live...

Afghans’ Vote Re-Shuffles the Diplomatic Deck

April 07, 2014

Amid the country's presidential election, Afghans have created new opportunities for Afghanistan. Afghans' surprisingly enthusiastic participation in their presidential campaign and the election on April 5 should jolt citizens and foreigners alike out of their pessimism about the...

Our Man in Kabul: America and the Next President of Afghanistan

April 04, 2014

What does Washington hope for from Afghanistan's next leader? After 13 long years, over a trillion dollars spent and thousands of lost lives, the United States is finally bowing out of Afghanistan. To outsiders, Afghanistan might still seem like a fragile state racked by continuous...

Afghanistan Election 2014: Near-Term Political Projections

March 31, 2014

Eventually, democracy will take on a unique tailor-made character for Afghanistan. The upcoming months hold several changes for Afghanistan. They can be categorized under politics, security and economics, with implications for both country and region. This article assesses the political aspects...

Lavish Afghan Weddings: A Cultural Challenge

March 18, 2014

Faced with cultural challenges, youth in Afghanistan can make a difference. Afghanistan, predominantly rural, has undergone significant changes in recent decades. The urban population has increased at an unprecedented pace, owing to rural insecurity and concentration of capital, goods and...

Kabul Diary: Hope and Fissures

August 03, 2013

Afghans simply want to move on and build a new life. [Note: Kabul Diary is a compilation of experiences and observations by Gateway House’s Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy, who recently visited Afghanistan. In this entry, she writes about her first impressions and important political developments,...

The Curious Case of India’s Reluctance in Afghanistan

June 07, 2013

A startling dichotomy is at play with India’s foreign policy in Afghanistan. There is an increasingly haunting gap between India’s opportunities and its strategic outcomes. India has historically enjoyed amicable relations with every government in Kabul with the exception of the...

Pakistan Imbroglio: Will its Voice be Respected?

Pakistan’s new leader, Nawaz Sharif, faces acute domestic issues and a troubled relationship with the United States and Afghanistan. His solution calls for an end to US drone attacks, and the start of talks with the Taliban. By Sajjad Ashraf Nawaz Sharif, leader of the Pakistan Muslim...

The Unwanted (Part 2/2)

April 02, 2013

Part 2 of a series which looks at the fractious upcoming Afghan presidential election next year. Another potential candidate is Asadullah Khalid. Khalid is a Karzai loyalist, and currently the head of the National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan’s domestic intelligence agency....

The Unwanted (Part 1/2)

March 24, 2013

A Look at the Fractious Upcoming Presidential Election in Afghanistan On February 15 2013 U.S. Ambassador James Cunningham appeared with Nangarhar Governor Gul Agha Sherzai in a joint press conference to announce the U.S.’s plans to support fair and free Presidential and provincial elections...

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