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Is China Afghanistan’s new best friend?

What are the chances for success and pitfalls for a China-Afghanistan partnership? By Ernesto Gallo.  (Global Risk Insights, 11/20/2014)

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IA Forum Interview: Carlotta Gall, NY Times

IA-Forum interviews NYT’s reporter, Carlotta Gall, on her new book, The Wrong Enemy, and her thirteen years of reporting on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and North Africa. By Cynthia Iris (04/14/02014)

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Even In Afghanistan, Separate Is Not Equal

Are US/NATO efforts to empower women and equalize Afghan society undercut by the segregation policies of their own camps and insensitivity to local staff? By Jade Wu. (first appeared in Peace and Conflict Monitor, 07/09/2013; photo by Jade Wu)
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Delivering on the Commitments and Pledges of Afghanistan Conferences

Analysis of recent conference, Afghanistan and the International Community. Can commitments and agreements with Afghanistan deliver as promised? By M. Ashraf Haidari (05/24/2012)
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IA Forum on Conference Call with Steve Coll & Peter Bergen: Withdrawal in Afghanistan

In a conference call with Steve Coll and Peter Bergen, IA-Forum asks about potential impact on on military withdrawal in Afghanistan should President Karzai be removed from office. By Cynthia Iris, IA-Forum Senior Correspondent. (06/23/2011)
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International Affairs Forum Interview: Colonel Paul Bricker

IA-Forum speaks with U.S. Army Colonel Paul Bricker, a Black Hawk helicopter pilot, about the recent raid on bin Laden’s compound, from a pilot’s perspective. By Cynthia Iris (05/09/2011)
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IA-Forum Interview: David Kilcullen

IA-Forum speaks with David Kilcullen about COIN theory and the conflict in Afghanistan. By Cynthia Iris (09/03/2010)
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IA-Forum Interview: M. Ashraf Haidari

IA Forum speaks with M. Ashraf Haidari, Political Counselor and Acting Defense Attaché of the Embassy of Afghanistan (Washington, DC) about The London Conference on Afghanistan. (01/27/2010)
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Corruption in the Afghan Context

Author analyzes governance in Afghanistan, corruption issues, and anti-corruption reform efforts. By Michael P. Cohn (12/23/2009)
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IA-Forum Interview: Haroun Mir

IA-Forum speaks with Haroun Mir, director of Afghanistan’s Center for Research and Policy Studies (ACRPS), about the recent elections and other issues facing Afghanistan. By M. Patel. (IA-Forum, 09/29/2009)
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Rebuilding Afghanistan: The Role of Provincial Reconstruction Teams

Speech by M. Ashraf Haidari, the Political Counselor of the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, at Embassy of Canada (Washington DC) Forum on Afghanistan: Partners in Defense. (09/24/2009)
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Education and Healthcare Key to Afghanistan’s Secure Future

Speech by Afghanistan Political Counselor M. Ashraf Haidari about education in Afghanistan. (09/14/2009)
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Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Intersection of National Security and International Justice

Interview with Tyler Moselle, Program Manager and Interim Executive Director at Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy on the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan about understanding of the challenges facing the system of international criminal justice. (Hauser Center, 07/23/2009)
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IA-Forum Interview: Seth Jones

IA-Forum speaks with Seth Jones, political scientist with RAND, about the counterinsurgency efforts in Afghanistan. By Cynthia Iris. (06/03/2009)
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IA-Forum Interview: M. Ashraf Haidari, Political Counselor of the Embassy of Afghanistan

An Interview with M. Ashraf Haidari, the Political Counselor of the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington DC who discussion perceptions and misperceptions about Afghanistan. (03/27/2008)
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Prediction: Obama Will Decide to Keep U.S. Troops in Afghanistan beyond 2016

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Delhi, Washington Should Build on Progress in Afghanistan

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EDITORIALS
Afghanistan: from tribal lawlessness to democratic order

A look at the elections in Afghanistan. By Kashi N Pandit. (05/02/2014)

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Do Taliban Threaten the Region?

Author examines the Taliban and their intentions in Central Asia.  By Kashi N. Pandit.  (04/09/2014)

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Bi-polarity of Afghan peace talks

Afghan peace talks are bounded by many stakeholders.  How are they involved and how does Karzai play into the situation?  By Dr. Kashi N Pandita. (02/26/2014)

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Afghanistan 2014: is retreat of Western soldiers feasible?

Author examines current military situation in Afghanistan and prospect for removing Western troops by 2014. By Michael Orfanos. (05/23/2011)
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Talking to the Taliban: Impossible or Pointless?

Author analyzes possible discussions with the Taliban, providing potential scenarios and outcomes. By Dmitri A Titoff. (04/29/2011)
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Two End States in Afghanistan: Somalia of Asia or the Turkey of the East

Author presents analysis of current situation in Afghanistan and asks which direction policies will steer the country toward. By Davood Moradian. (10/18/2010)
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Women are the Pillars of Afghanistan

Author responds to op-ed by Laura Bush, and discusses steps to achieve gender equality. By Ashraf Haidari. (10/18/2010)
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Karzai Not Two Faced About War On Terrorism

M. Ashraf Haidari, Political Counselor of the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, DC., responds to Thomas L. Friedman statement that some countries in the region are "two-faced" in the war against terrorism, defending President Hamid Karzai's policies. By M. Ashraf Haidari. (08/10/2010)
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Afghanistan: Never Mind the Disabled

Author looks at issues faced by disabled in Afghanistan and critiques the lack of programs to assist them. By Fahim Kairy. (01/19/2011)
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Afghanistan: Averting the Loss of another Generation

Author discusses the importance of providing educational opportunities to young Afghans. By Ahmad Shuja. (10/25/2009)
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Revitalization of the Agriculture Sector Key to Winning the Peace in Afghanistan

Mohammad Asif Rahimi, Afghanistan’s Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation & Livestock, discusses the Afghan elections and argues that a developed agriculture sector can lead to peace and prosperity. By Mohammad Asif Rahimi. (09/29/2009)
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Winning the Elusive Peace in Afghanistan

Authors discuss challenges to gaining peace in Afghanistan and offer points for hope in attaining it. By Shaida M. Abdali and M. Ashraf Haidari. (07/21/2009)
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Education is the Key to Empowering Afghan Women

Political Counselor of the Embassy of Afghanistan M. Ashraf Haidari argues for increased efforts to educate the women of Afghanistan as a primary step in ensuring greater rights. By M. Ashaf Haidari. (05/13/2009)
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Will NATO Prove Itself in Afghanistan?

Author analyzes NATO's efforts in Afghanistan to bring peace and stabilty. By M. Patel. (IA-Forum, 04/22/2009)
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Peace Deals that Destabilize Afghanistan

Author analyzes peace negotiations between Pakistan and the Taliban and their effect on Afghanistan and issues facing it. By M. Ashraf Haidari (07/03/2008)
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Paris Conference: An Opportunity to Address Afghanistan’s Key Rebuilding Challenges

M. Ashraf Haidari, the Political Counselor of the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, DC, discusses rebuilding challenges that should be addressed at the Paris Support Conference. By M. Ashraf Haidari. (06/10/2008)
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Will Washington's New Counternarcotics Policy in Afghanistan Work?

Author examines new counternarcotics policy and provides a ground level alternative. By Haroun Mir and Jens F. Laurson (first published in the Central Asia-Caucasas Institute Analyst, 10/17/2007)
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Turkish Initiative for Pakistani-Afghan Dialogue

Examines the Turkish effort to reinvigorate negotiations between the leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan. By Haroun Mir. (IA-Forum, 05/30/2007)
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Rethinking the ‘Long War’ in Afghanistan: Response

M. Ashraf Haidari responds to New York Times editorial that is optimistic about progress in Afghanistan. By M. Ashraf Haidari. (02/27/2011)
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