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ReconstructionAs one of the poorest countries in the world Afghanistan is highly dependent on the help of the international community in rebuilding the country. The lack of proper infrastructure especially complicates reconstruction efforts. Building a new Afghan state requires a long-term international commitment.

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July 20, 2010 | Don't Abandon Women's Role in Afghanistan

Shabana Basij-Rasikh and Zohra Safi: Promoting the active participation of Afghan women at the Kabul Conference and beyond is a vital step towards securing a successful outcome in Afghanistan. Women must play an important role in shaping the country’s democratic future. …More

April 6, 2010 | Using Cultural Cues to Guide an Afghan Exit Strategy

The US is trying to implement its “reconciliation and reintegration” strategy to start to bring the war in Afghanistan to a close. ++ This will involve dialogues between the US, Pakistan, and various Afghan parties including …More

March 31, 2010 | Putting a Face on Corruption in Afghanistan

US President Obama’s surprise visit to Afghanistan last Sunday has prompted an examination of Hamid Karzai’s alleged ties to the opium trade. ++ Admiral Mike Mullen, America’s most senior military commander reiterated that continued …More

February 4, 2010 | Thomas E. Gouttierre, Dean of the Center for Afghan Studies

The Center for Afghanistan Studies at the University of Nebraska is the only institutional base in the US specifically concerned with Afghan affairs. As director of the center, he plays an integral role in …More

January 27, 2010 | Taliban to Be Part of the Post-war Government

The international coalition involved in Afghanistan is seriously considering negotiating a peace process with the Taliban in the next international conference in London. ++ The deal is the following one: “renounce violence in …More

January 25, 2010 | Afghan Elections Postponed: Great News

Afghanistan’s electoral commission has postponed elections. ++ If “regrettable,” it is yet a positive sign that realism has finally won over idealism. ++ Afghan leaders acknowledge security issues and shortage of money …More

December 22, 2009 | Undercutting the Taliban

The new Commander Emergency Response Program (CERP) aims to counter the corruption of predecessor programs in Afghanistan by awarding aid funds for ‘village development,’ avoiding direct cash payments. ++ NATO hopes that by “siphoning …More

October 13, 2009 | Rule of Law: Crucial for Security

Sari Kouvo: An increased focus on the technical aspects of rule of law reform will not break the negative spiral of the Afghan public’s declining trust in the state and increased insecurity without a political will to tackle institutionalized impunity. …More

August 31, 2009 | AfPak: Europe's Politicians Lack the Support of Public Opinion

Raffaello Pantucci: Greater coordination on Central-South Asia would be a boon to European and US interests in the region. Unfortunately, such coordination is still lacking and we are unlikely to see a greater push from the EU. More European involvement in any sort of “civilian surge” would be welcome, but will be unrealistic until the security situation is stabilized. …More

August 17, 2009 | Where the Taliban Strength Is Rooted

US stabilization plans for Afghanistan miss the main reason for the ongoing Talib insurgency, ethnic conflicts. ++ The largest ethnic group, the Pashtun tribe, support the Taliban because their rivals, the Tajiks, have all the political …More

April 19, 2009 | Her Excellency Maliha Zulfacar, Afghan Ambassador to Germany This Article contains Flash-Video

Ambassador Maliha Zulfacar taught sociology as a professor at California Polytechnic State University before her current position representing Afghanistan in Germany. In our interview she speaks about the wishes, …More

March 19, 2009 | Serbia's EU Goal: A Chance For Regional Stability

Pawel Jan Olszewski: Serbia has announced its intention to become part of the EU family. This is a positive sign for stability and peace in the region as the country would be forced to fulfill the required EU integration criteria. However, the journey is long and not devoid of challenges. …More

February 26, 2009 | Understanding the Afghan Challenge

The deployment of an additional 17,000 US troops in Afghanistan is a welcome response to the enduring threat of the Taliban. ++ Military might alone, however, is no solution: “defeating the insurgency means understanding it.” ++ …More

February 18, 2009 | The Balkan Countries Need Regional Integration

Pawel Jan Olszewski: The so called multinational Balkan region can be seen as the mirror of the EU - but why is this mirror still broken? Are seven years of bad luck for the region to be expected in view of creating a more lasting peace, or just more decades of instability, threats and the power of domination? …More

January 7, 2009 | What Should be the Priorities in Afghanistan in 2009? Vote Here

From the Editorial Team: During 2008 Afghanistan was among the most explosive political issues. The unstable state of the country will continue to affect the whole region. What are your recommendations for 2009? What is the most urgent action that needs to be taken in Afghanistan this year? …More

December 18, 2008 | A Diversity of Tactics to Win Hearts and Minds This Article contains Flash-Video

William Maley: In the battle to win hearts and minds in Afghanistan, Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs) are often on the front line. What are they actually, what are their tasks and ways of operating? …More

November 14, 2008 | Reconstructing Kabul: The EU's Task

Daniel Korski: EU engagement in Afghanistan will affect Washington’s perception of its strategic partnership. The best way for the EU to stay a strong partner is to extend the aid-and-security approach of its Provincial Reconstruction Teams and take the concept to Kabul. Diplomacy with Pakistan will remain important. …More

October 27, 2008 | Obama Will Win Back Europe's Support This Article contains Flash-Video

Interview with Charles Kupchan: Europe is the United States’ best partner. An Obama administration will work hard towards a renewal of transatlantic relations and pursue a more liberal internationalist agenda, but also ask Europe for greater assistance. …More

October 15, 2008 | Europe Can Help in Afghanistan with More than Just Troops

Julianne Smith: The next US president will ask NATO allies for more troops in Afghanistan. Europe should respond by at least providing more police trainers, civilian reconstruction experts and new diplomatic initiatives. …More

October 8, 2008 | Losing Ground in Afghanistan

Seven years of war, occupation and reconstruction efforts have not improved the situation in Afghanistan. ++ A lack of security, stability and economic development dominates the political agenda. ++ To succeed in Afghanistan the conception of the …More

October 1, 2008 | Afghanistan Debate: Parliamentary Hearings Crucial for Germany

Thorsten Benner & Lars Zimmermann: Germany lacks an informed and responsible debate on the country’s engagement in Afghanistan. The looming populism of the 2009 election year is set to make matters even worse. Politicians and the media must prevent this from happening. …More


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