Tag: Kabul

Afghans’ Vote Re-Shuffles the Diplomatic Deck

Afghans’ Vote Re-Shuffles the Diplomatic Deck

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

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

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...

Lavish Afghan Weddings: A Cultural Challenge

Lavish Afghan Weddings: A Cultural Challenge

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

Kabul Diary: Hope and Fissures

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

The Curious Case of India’s Reluctance in Afghanistan

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...

The Unwanted (Part 2/2)

The Unwanted (Part 2/2)

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)

The Unwanted (Part 1/2)

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...

Afghanistan: Goodbye to All That?

Afghanistan: Goodbye to All That?

As the US prepares to exit Afghanistan, what will be the consequences? Background As the conflict in Afghanistan enters its 12th year, the US is poised to withdraw 34,000 troops from the war-torn country by next year. The consequences of the withdrawal will be enormous. The Taliban remain a...

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