Hamed Ahmadi

From Assurances on Peace Process to Pak’s Complacence in Combating Terrorism: 7 Pointers from US Ambassador Bass’s Interview
From Assurances on Peace Process to Pak’s Complacence in Combating Terrorism: 7 Pointers from US Ambassador Bass’s Interview

Taliban feels that it has some issues that it believes it can only address with the United States...

8 Dec 2018
Another Critic From Within: Facts Behind the National Unity Government by Shaida Mohammad Abdali
Another Critic From Within: Facts Behind the National Unity Government by Shaida Mohammad Abdali

Afghanistan's former ambassador to India, who has worked in both past and present governments...

6 Dec 2018
7 Points from Atmar’s Interview: From failure of NUG to provide national unity to the distribution of power within the presidential system
7 Points from Atmar’s Interview: From failure of NUG to provide national unity to the distribution of power within the presidential system

The former National Security Advisor in the conversation emphasised on the U.S.-Afghan Bilateral...

2 Dec 2018
From Within: The Ground Realities of Jaghori, Malistan, and Uruzgan Khas
From Within: The Ground Realities of Jaghori, Malistan, and Uruzgan Khas

The advisor to president on conflict resolution, Asadulllah Fallah, admits that security in...

14 Nov 2018
Election Campaigns-The Good, the Bad, and the Funny
Election Campaigns-The Good, the Bad, and the Funny

Campaigns for the upcoming Afghan parliamentary elections are running on their seventh day now, leaving only eleven days for the campaigns to end. In every corner of Kabul and other cities in Afghanistan, there are various promotional posters and hoardings containing interesting and sometimes hilariously controversial slogans, which sometimes have confronted the public reactions especially on social media. Some say that a number of slogans are beyond the authority of an MP. Some others complain about the visual pollutions caused by the promotional hoardings and posters placed in inappropriate places. Although the election commission has set certain guidelines in this regards, it seems that these rules not been taken into consideration. Candidates are also required to remove all their promotional material from city at the end of their election campaign. But these election campaigns have had their positive aspects as well. In the first few days of the electoral campaign, the government directly benefited about two million AFN as a result of the installation of advertising hoardings of candidates. Moreover, by the time the electoral campaigns were launched, hundreds of people in the capital somehow acquired short-term job opportunities. However, social media and the use of digital means of communication are also pervasive in these electoral campaigns. With the growing use of social media especially Facebook with more than 2 and a half million users from across Afghanistan as well as the rapid prevalence of technology in the country, it seems that this communicative approach may contribute to the success of a candidate. On October 20th of this year, more than 2500 candidates, including 400 women, will compete for 249 seats in House of representatives. About 8.7 million voters who have registered to vote in this election will have the opportunity to bring victory for their candidates on this day by solely casting their vote.

7 Oct 2018