AISS Holds Launching Ceremony & Roundtable Panel on Heart of Asia Process


On Monday June 23, 2014, the much-anticipated launching ceremony of the AISS Heart of Asia Process (HoAP) report was held at the institute’s lovely courtyard. Some sixty attendees of Process’ member states and organizations listened to four panelists discussing the HoAP and the report. Richard Ghiasy, co-author of the report, elaborated on the findings. These underlined the Process’ remarkable achievements to date, and impediments to further progress. Ms. Roya Rahmani, Di

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AISS Releases the Most Comprehensive Report on the Heart of Asia Process to Date


The AISS’ Richard Ghiasy and Maihan Saeedi release the most comprehensive report on the Heart of Asia Process (HoAP) to date. The HoAP is a useful institutional vehicle for Afghanistan and the broader region to broker discussion on common threats and opportunities.

The fact that this is within a single platform among states that have hitherto had difficulty interacting is a victory in itself. And, the brief timeframe in which it has done so should be underlined. Yet

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Obama’s Afghan war: Dereliction of duty



July 8, 2014

Dr. Davood Moradian


The problem is not Afghanistan’s colossal challenges but Washington’s receding self-confidence and incapable leadership.

Osama bin Laden’s father-in-law, spiritual mentor and ideological comrade, Taliban leader Mullah Omar, is celebrating his “big victory” over the exchange of five of his senior commanders for one US soldier. The

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Germany: An Unsure Power in Conflicts



Friday, June 6, 2014

Dr Davood Moradian

Germany offers the world legendary philosophy, art, music, industry and enterprise. Yet unlike its towering reputation for these noble attributes, Germany does not have a distinctive foreign policy identity outside of Europe.

To paraphrase the title of Henry Kissinger’s book, Does America Need a Foreign Policy?, the question that comes to mind from an outsider perspective is

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AISS Research Fellow Richard Ghiasy Gives a Presentation at TEDx Kabul

December 5, 2013

“On 5 December 2013 AISS research fellow Richard Ghiasy gave a presentation at TEDx Kabul on the development potential of Afghanistan. He argued that Afghanistan is about to arrive at a critical socioeconomic juncture: the Afghan economy is unsustainable, and the Afghan youth risks an underemployed future. Yet, at the same time there is a convergence of external support – the international community’s – and internal advantages such as liberal demo

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