Javid Ahmad


Javid Ahmad is a senior fellow with the Atlantic Council. He served as Afghanistan’s ambassador to the United Arab Emirates from 2020 to 2021.

Articles by Javid Ahmad
A smiling Imran Khan raises his fist in a gesture toward supporters during a rally.
A smiling Imran Khan raises his fist in a gesture toward supporters during a rally.
Afghan cricket fans celebrate their national cricket team victory in the World Cup 2015 match between Afghanistan and Scotland, in Jalalabad capital of Nangarhar province on February 26, 2015.   Hundreds of Afghan cricket fans poured onto the streets in southern Kandahar and eastern Jalalabad carrying Afghan flags, dancing in celebration and firing celebratory gunfire after their team registered their first famous World Cup win over Scotland.   AFP PHOTO / Noorullah SHIRZADA        (Photo credit should read Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images)
Afghan cricket fans celebrate their national cricket team victory in the World Cup 2015 match between Afghanistan and Scotland, in Jalalabad capital of Nangarhar province on February 26, 2015. Hundreds of Afghan cricket fans poured onto the streets in southern Kandahar and eastern Jalalabad carrying Afghan flags, dancing in celebration and firing celebratory gunfire after their team registered their first famous World Cup win over Scotland. AFP PHOTO / Noorullah SHIRZADA (Photo credit should read Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images)
US army personnel leave a truck inside an Afghan military base during fighting between Taliban militants and Afghan security forces in Kunduz on October 1, 2015. Afghan forces pushed into the centre of Kunduz on October 1, triggering pitched gunfights as they sought to flush out Taliban insurgents who held the northern city for three days in a stinging blow to the country's NATO-trained military The stunning fall of the provincial capital, even temporarily, highlighted the stubborn insurgency's potential to expand beyond its rural strongholds in the south of the country Afghan forces, hindered by the slow arrival of reinforcements but backed by NATO special forces and US air support, struggled to regain control of the city after three days of heavy fighting. AFP PHOTO / Wakil Kohsar        (Photo credit should read WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images)
US army personnel leave a truck inside an Afghan military base during fighting between Taliban militants and Afghan security forces in Kunduz on October 1, 2015. Afghan forces pushed into the centre of Kunduz on October 1, triggering pitched gunfights as they sought to flush out Taliban insurgents who held the northern city for three days in a stinging blow to the country's NATO-trained military The stunning fall of the provincial capital, even temporarily, highlighted the stubborn insurgency's potential to expand beyond its rural strongholds in the south of the country Afghan forces, hindered by the slow arrival of reinforcements but backed by NATO special forces and US air support, struggled to regain control of the city after three days of heavy fighting. AFP PHOTO / Wakil Kohsar (Photo credit should read WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images)
Lahore, PAKISTAN: Pakistani activists of Islami Jamiat Tulba carry a poster of Pakistan's nuclear pioneer Abdul Qadeer Khan and a model of Ghauri ballistic missile during a rally in Lahore, 28 May 2007, to mark the Pakistan?s nuclear test anniversary which was conducted in 1998. Khan, 70, has been kept under virtual house arrest at his house in Islamabad since he publicly confessing in 2004 to proliferating nuclear secrets to Iran, Libya and North Korea. AFP PHOTO/Arif ALI (Photo credit should read Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)
Lahore, PAKISTAN: Pakistani activists of Islami Jamiat Tulba carry a poster of Pakistan's nuclear pioneer Abdul Qadeer Khan and a model of Ghauri ballistic missile during a rally in Lahore, 28 May 2007, to mark the Pakistan?s nuclear test anniversary which was conducted in 1998. Khan, 70, has been kept under virtual house arrest at his house in Islamabad since he publicly confessing in 2004 to proliferating nuclear secrets to Iran, Libya and North Korea. AFP PHOTO/Arif ALI (Photo credit should read Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)
KARKAR, AFGHANISTAN - OCTOBER 30:  Afghan coal miners, covered in coal, head home after their shift of the Karkar mine October 30, 2004 Karkar, Afghanistan. The mine is the most active one in the country, producing coal for the country for the upcoming winter season. There are 160 mine workers working 2 shifts producing 55 tons of coal per day which has been in operation for 57 years and was active during the Taliban years as well. The workers make less than $4.00 a day.  (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
KARKAR, AFGHANISTAN - OCTOBER 30: Afghan coal miners, covered in coal, head home after their shift of the Karkar mine October 30, 2004 Karkar, Afghanistan. The mine is the most active one in the country, producing coal for the country for the upcoming winter season. There are 160 mine workers working 2 shifts producing 55 tons of coal per day which has been in operation for 57 years and was active during the Taliban years as well. The workers make less than $4.00 a day. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
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