Afghanistan Reports

The New Silk Roads: China, the U.S., and the Future of Central Asia

President Xi Jinping first presented China’s vision for a “Silk Road Economic Belt” during a 2013 speech in Kazakhstan. The idea was to “forge closer economic ties, deepen cooperation, and expand development in the Euro-Asia region”. In early 2015, the contours of Beijing’s strategy began to emerge as China’s leadership laid out plans for this “Silk Road Economic Belt” through Central Asia, and a “21st Century Maritime Silk Road” through Southeast and South Asia. China r

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Afghanistan Election Observation Mission 2014 – Report

By Democracy International

January, 2015

A new Democracy International report details findings from its international election observation mission to the 2014 Afghanistan presidential and provincial council elections. Given the prospect of a democratic and peaceful transfer of power, Afghans and the international community alike looked upon these elections as a critical opportunity to consolidate the gains made toward democratization and as an important milestone in Afghan

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Afghanistan as Narco-State: End The International Drug War

By Doug Bandow

November 3, 2014

The U.S. government has failed to stop the drug trade at home. Washington also has not created a competent, effective, and honest central government in Afghanistan. How effective will Kabul be in limiting opium production when American troops go home?
Not much.
A new report from the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction reports that opium production last year was the highest ever, 209,000 hectar

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The Afghan National Army: Sustainability Challenges beyond Financial Aspects

Antonio Giustozzi, Peter Quentin
May 2014

Introduction

The ANA is commonly viewed as one of post-2001 Afghanistan’s strongest institutions, if not the strongest. However, with the imminent withdrawal of international forces, the ANA’s ability to stand on its own and successfully confront its enemies faces its first major test. This study shows that crucial weaknesses and flaws continue to undermine the ANA’s readiness; these could derail its e

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THE POLITICAL LANDSCAPE OF AFGHANISTAN AND THE PRESIDENTIAL

Malaiz Daud
February 2014

Introduction

Afghanistan’s upheavals have been a result of many factors. Abject poverty, being landlocked, a hostile region, clash of modernists and traditionalists, weak states, interventions by superpowers, presence of foreign non-state actors and an illicit narco-economy are but a few to mention. The country continues to reel from the effects of colonial constructs of the British and Russian empires of the nineteenth

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