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Political-Cultural Impediments to Reform in Afghanistan

Political-Cultural Impediments to Reform in Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s difficulties in enacting reform can be traced in part to its political culture, which is proving resistant to change.

An Olive Branch in AfPak

An Olive Branch in AfPak

Afghanistan is trying to retool its rocky relationship with Pakistan. Will this great bargain pay off?

A Step Forward for Afghan Women?

A Step Forward for Afghan Women?

Afghanistan’s about to launch a plan that will promote the role of women in peacemaking. It took a lot of hard work to convince men that women should play an equal role, and the battle isn’t over yet.

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It’s Complicated: The Relationship Between Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Taliban

The Afghan Taliban have grown stronger and more deadly over the past 13 years, something Pakistan is often blamed for by Afghans and some in ...

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The Clash between Strategy and Implementation

Prior to 9/11, while sipping drinks in the home of a dear friend, a colleague of Pakistan’s President Asif Zardari’s family in one of Karachi’s ...

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The Great Wall of AfPak

To say that China is a strategic ally of Pakistan would be an understatement. In 1950, Pakistan was one of the first countries to recognize ...

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The Ultimate AfPak Reading List

What follows is the Ultimate AfPak Reading List -- an amalgamation of syllabi from classes I've taught at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard ...

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The Shelf

The Shelf is a collection of the reviews of books relevant to Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and the region that have been commissioned by the South ...

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If You Love Something, Set It Free

The compound where Hamid Karzai is spending his post-presidency abuts the wall of the Presidential Palace, where he lived when he led Afghanistan for 13 ...

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Struggling to Survive in Afghanistan

When I met Golpari, a sun-baked, craggy woman from Helmand, she strode confidently into the one-room mud brick house, dragging her ten-year-old daughter Nazdana by ...

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Protesting Against Terrorism in Pakistan

Silent majority or threatened minority? Pakistan’s progressives are angry. Finally, it shows, and they are being arrested for it. Civil society protests demanding meaningful government ...

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Five of Karzai’s Mistakes Ghani Can Avoid

Afghanistan’s National Unity Government (NUG) provides new hope for Afghans, as it offers an opportunity to restructure the political, social, and economic foundations of the ...

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Is There an Islamic State of AfPak?

On Feb. 9, Afghan officials killed Abdul Rauf Khadim, the former Afghan Taliban commander and deputy chief of the Islamic State (IS) of Khorasan, AfPak’s ...

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The Looming Specter of Daesh in Afghanistan

Since the beginning of this year, increasing reports about fighters operating inside Afghanistan under the black banner of Daesh, the Arabic acronym of the self-declared ...

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Capture the Flag in Afghanistan

It appears the Islamic State’s territorial motivations extend well beyond Syria and Iraq, as recent reports reveal the organization’s recruitment and expansion efforts in southern ...

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Pakistan’s IDP Problem

On June 15, 2014, as the Pakistan military moved into the North Waziristan Agency of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), thousands of families were ...

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Law and (Military) Order

“Pakistan votes to let insurgents be tried in military courts” -- what is wrong with this picture? In an unprecedented abdication of civilian authority to ...

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And the War Goes On

Two months ago, Tajwar, a wrinkled, chador-wrapped woman from the mountainous, impoverished Afghan province of Ghor, was widowed. Her husband, a cook, was killed when he ...

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The South Asia Channel, a collaboration with the New America Foundation and Johns Hopkins SAIS, features deep analysis of issues concerning Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan, and covers everything from politics to business to culture.

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