A Century After the Russian Revolution, How did Bukhara Immigrants Make Afghanistan`s Trade Global?


By Prof. Magnus Marsden

Several tombs of Afghanistan’s historic figures have been restored in recent years. In the Bagh-e Babur park – elegantly restored by the Aga Khan Foundation – lies the grave of Babur Shah, the Central Asian conqueror who captured Kabul in 1504 AD and went on to lay the groundwork for establishing the Mughal Empire.   The burial place of another Ce

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The Nation State and Afghanistan


By Paolo Cotta Ramusino

**The content of this piece was presented at the Herat Security Dialogue – VI (13-14 October 2017).**

The cohesion and stability of nation-states are put under stress by linguistic, ethnic, and religious divisions within the States. Afghanistan not only has all of these divisions, but it also borders

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Afghan-led RECCA & Heart of Asia Processes Can Bolster Regional Stability and Prosperity


 By M. Ashraf Haidari

Over the past 16 years, Afghanistan has been a victim of state-sponsorship of terrorism. As a pr

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Afghanistan: The Heart of Silk Road in Asia


By M. Ashraf Haidari

Reviving and building connectivity across the Eurasian landmass based on the commercial networks of the ancient Silk Road underpins one of the key economi

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Farkhunda’s Sisters – Recasting the Social Narratives of Afghan Women


In March 2015, twenty-seven-year-old Farkhunda Malikzada was horrifically murdered by an angry mob in front of the Shah-Do-Shamshira mosque in downtown Kabul. She was falsely accused of burning the Quran. The response to the cruel murder took on a life of its own, as a video of it went viral on social media, igniting protests, solidarity walks, and calls for justice both within Afghanistan and internationally. Public outrage, coupled wit

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