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Mobile Money in Afghanistan - The Tech Revolution that Never Was

2018-04-25

By Nafay Choudhury

In 2012, Time Magazine published an article on how “Afghanistan Is on the Leading Edge of a Tech Revolution”.[1] Mobile money, it was claimed, would fundamentally transform Afghan society from supposedly pre-modern conditions to one where average citizens would be connected with the wider fina

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How Economic Growth Can Help Defeat Terrorism in Afghanistan

2018-04-19

By M. Ashraf Haidari

Syria, North Korea, and Yemen have largely dominated headlines. But Afghanistan also remains in the global conscience. If anything, the much-needed international focus on the campaign against the Taliban has outlined how difficult the fight has become, despite our steady military gains. Frustrated with what many are mistakenly calling a quagmire, internat

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To Win the Peace, Afghans Must Be in Driver’s Seat

2018-04-01

By M. Ashraf Haidari

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Mapping Terrorism in Afghanistan

2018-03-13

By Omar Sadr

Typology of the Terrorist Groups

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How to Win the Drug War in Afghanistan

2018-03-07

By M. Ashraf Haidari

This past November, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released its annual survey of opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan for 2017. As ever, the survey’s findings are hardly surprising. They reflect the periodic fluctuations in the amount of opium poppy cultivated and produced in the country. Last year, cultivation increased to 328,000 hectares and production to nine tho

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