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


By M. Ashraf Haidari

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Mapping Terrorism in Afghanistan


By Omar Sadr

Typology of the Terrorist Groups

An atmosphere of ambiguity surrounds the understanding of the nature of conflict and typology of organizations involved in terrorist activities in Afghanistan. With the absence of a vibrant and dynamic academia, the public sphere is covered by media, aid-driven civil society and parochial ethno-nationalist lobbies. The media has provided space f

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How to Win the Drug War in Afghanistan


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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An Assessment and Critique of National Debates on Alternative Political Systems in Afghanistan


By AISS Research Department

**The piece is the first of a few discussing the recently published AISS report entitled “The Challenging Path towards D

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The Nation-State: Sociological and Philosophical Perspectives


By Magnus Marsden

The origins of the nation-state and the sources of nationalism have been a source of profound interest to historians, sociologists, philosop

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