AISS holds a Round-Table Discussion on “Conversation with Dr. Spanta: “National Unity Government: Structure and Priorities”



The Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies (AISS) organized a round-table discussion titled “Conversation with Dr. Spanta on, “National Unity Government: Structure and Priorities” in Kabul, as part of its Afghan presidential election program.

The round-table was attended by government officials, media, civil society activists, members of parliament, academia and Kabul-based international organizations.

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Afghanistan: Beyond Ethnic Politics and ‘Jihad Dividends’


Dr Davood Moradian

Afghanistan appears to be joining the group of countries that produce contested elections. Unlike the universally commended first round of the presidential election in which Afghan voters and security forces bled for democracy, the second round has resulted in the polarisation of Afghan society. A joint, skilful, patient and firm intervention from the international community could prove essential in salv

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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 imp

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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

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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 fiv

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