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19 Mar 2014
Karzai's Paranoia Threatens Afghan Security
Hamid Karzai’s failure to sign a post-2014 bilateral security agreement with the United States has put him at odds with Washington and a large number of his own people. Worse still, warns Patrick Balbierz, his stonewalling is threatening his country’s modest security gains and further emboldening the Taliban.
on « Karzai's Paranoia Threatens Afghan Security»
12 Dec 2013
Eurasia Awaits Post-2014 Afghan Storm
The final withdrawal of Western troops from Afghanistan and Central Asia may result in an upsurge of narcotics trafficking, terrorism and other security challenges. So are the area's leading politicians working together to head this problem off at the pass? Not according to Richard Weitz.
on «Eurasia Awaits Post-2014 Afghan Storm»
10 Dec 2013
Increase in Taliban Efforts to Recruit from Afghan Government and Security Forces
Why is the Taliban successfully recruiting new members from the Afghan government and armed forces? According Jami Forbes and Brian Dudley, the group has developed a media-savvy PR campaign that offers, among other things, amnesty to all new recruits.
on «Increase in Taliban Efforts to Recruit from Afghan Government and Security Forces»
24 Jul 2013
Tough Job Ahead for Under-Resourced Afghan Forces
Last month, Afghan forces formally took over the lead responsibility to provide security within their own borders. But are they truly ready to do so? According to Abdol Wahed Faramarz, serious doubts remain over whether they are up to the task.
on «Tough Job Ahead for Under-Resourced Afghan Forces»
11 Jun 2013
Afghans Nervous as Nawaz Sharif Returns
Nawaz Sharif's third term as Pakistan's Prime Minister is likely to cast a dark shadow over Afghanistan's efforts to rebuild itself, or so write Hafizullah Gardesh and Mina Habbib. To many Afghans, his campaign promise to no longer support counterterrorism operations confirms that he is a 'long-term enemy.
on «Afghans Nervous as Nawaz Sharif Returns»
7 Jun 2013
Afghanistan on the Brink of Disaster
In Nasir Shansab’s view, Afghanistan is still the failed state it was prior to the 2001 US-led invasion. It’s high time, therefore, for the West to ‘come clean’ about its previous failings and take specific steps to not leave Afghanistan in its present condition.
on «Afghanistan on the Brink of Disaster»
23 Apr 2013
Despite Ample Mechanisms, Women Still Excluded from Afghanistan's Political Process
Despite the best efforts of numerous actors, women remain under-represented in Afghanistan's political processes. With direct Western influence about to wane in 2014, Ayscha Hamdani outlines the steps needed to ensure that women will be able to contribute to Afghanistan's self-directed future.
on «Despite Ample Mechanisms, Women Still Excluded from Afghanistan's Political Process»
24 Jul 2012
Making More Out of Less: How NATO States Can Seize the Opportunities of Shrinking Resources in Afghanistan
After NATO forces withdraw in 2014, a durable peace in Afghanistan will have to be built with fewer resources. This context, however, may create incentives for more efficient and effective engagement with the region as a whole, suggest Michael Harsch and Scott Smith.
on «Making More Out of Less: How NATO States Can Seize the Opportunities of Shrinking Resources in Afghanistan»
17 Jul 2012
Kabul's Hidden Crisis
Facing rapid urbanization and severe internal displacement, international donor commitments to Afghanistan may be inadequate to address the country's looming crises, argues ODI's Simone Haysom.
on «Kabul's Hidden Crisis»
21 Jun 2012
Afghanistan: Future Energy Corridor?
ISAF are scheduled to begin leaving Afghanistan in 2014. Peace and stability may lead to Afghanistan becoming a major energy transit corridor, consumer and producer -- a development that will also benefit its neighbors.
on «Afghanistan: Future Energy Corridor?»
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