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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Ambassador Kai Eide's speech at the 6th Herat Security Dialogue


First of all, I would like to express my gratitude and admiration to Dr. Moradian for organizing this conference again here in Herat. Over a very few years, this conference has become an important arena for discussions – not only of Afghan affairs, but of wider problems troubling us all wherever we live.

And I am grateful to Dr. Spanta, for his ve

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Harnessing Madrasas as an Institution for Change in Afghanistan


Nafay Choudhury

         By and large, the madrasa remains the most widespread educational institution in Afghanistan, providing instruction to pupils throughout the country, even in remote areas where the government has little or no presence. While a number of madrasas trace their patronage to the state, the vast majority of them operate unofficially. In a country greatly stretched for resources and where

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Multi-centered Foreign Policy for Afghanistan


Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta

Former Afghanistan's National Security Adviser

The foreign policy, In other words, is an approach by which a nation enjoying organized national sovereignty under the framework of a state, recognizes and defends its interests against other countries or in a simple word against other political societies beyond its borders. The foreign policy may include political, economic, military, legal a

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