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The Other Afghan Women

Anand Gopal, The New Yorker – 6 September 2021 “All the women I met in Sangin, though, seemed to agree that their rights, whatever they might entail, cannot flow from the barrel of a gun—and that Afghan communities themselves must improve the conditions of women”. In this poignant piece on The New Yorker, Anand Gopal…

Learning from the War: “Who Lost Afghanistan?” versus Learning “Why We Lost”

Anthony H. Cordesman, Center for Strategic and International Studies – 10 August 2021 As the Taliban surrounds Kabul and takes control of the country, in this report on CSIS the author predicts “a partisan U.S. political battle over who lost Afghanistan”. The author states “the key issue is not why the war was lost, it…

Is a Civil War following Afghanistan?

Rajarsahi Chakraborty, Jawaharlal Nehru University – 6 August 2021 By the first quarter of 2021, Afghanistan has witnessed the resurgent of Taliban which has killed 573 people and left 1210 injured. As of July 2021, out of total districts, 223 districts are captured by the Taliban, 111 districts are contested between the Taliban and the Afghan government and…

Tokyo 2020: Nigara Shaheen on her journey to Refugee Olympic Team

Faras Ghani, Al Jazeera – 23 July 2021 Nigara Shaheen’s family walked for two days and two nights to flee the war in Afghanistan and cross the border into Pakistan when she was only six months old. Today, she is competing as part of the Refugee Olympic Team at the 2020 Olympics. In this interview…

Fears that Afghanistan could slip into anarchy and civil war – Roddy Gow

Roddy Gow OBE, The Scotsman – 10 June 2021 In this short article on The Scotsman, Asia Scotland Institute Chairman, Roddy Gow OBE, reflects on the large numbers of Scottish servicemen and women killed in conflicts within Afghanistan. He also considers our recent webinar ‘The Future of Afghanistan’, in which the panellists and most of…

Afghanistan faces a brain drain as young and educated flee a wave of violence

Ben Farmer and Ezzatullah Mehrdad, The Telegraph – 14 February 2021 According to this article in The Telegraph, there is a growing feeling among Afghanistan’s educated youth that hopes of rebuilding their country are diminishing, and that any hope of a bright future now lies abroad. Read the full article here to find out why Afghanistan could…

In One Afghan District, Peace From 8 A.M. to 5 P.M.

Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Taimoor Shah and Fahim Abed, The New York Times – 8 March 2021 During the day in Panjwai, Afghanistan, you’d be forgiven for thinking the war had ended. An unofficial ceasefire, this is an example of how small communities, exhausted from violence, can govern the fighting without foreign intervention or reliance on government. This article in…

The leaked U.S. plan to end the war in Afghanistan

Susannah George, The Washington Post – 10 March 2021 The Washington Post reports this week on the leaked U.S. document that details plans to withdraw all American troops by the 1st May on the grounds that Afghanistan’s government is replaced with temporary leaders, a new constitution is drafted and a ceasefire is brokered. Read the…