The findings of this year’s World Drug Report by UNODC, which was released this week, show that the overall productions further complicate the global picture of drug challenges, “underscoring the need for broader inter- national cooperation to advance balanced and integrated health and criminal justice responses to drug supply and demand”, Yury Fedotov, the Executive Director United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

28 July 2019

Ms Nadia Ghulam is an inspiring personality who became famous on social media for her early life’s story about spending ten years in Taliban ruled Afghanistan, posing as a boy. But there is so much more to that narrative than Nadia just disguising herself as a boy, and an even more motivational story once that time of her life was over. Ms Ghulam

22 July 2019

President Ashraf Ghani gave an interview to TRT world on Tuesday and expressed that the fundamental issue is stability in Afghanistan which can only come through a democratic system, “If we do not have a system where the citizens elect their leaders, there will not be stability. The emirate was never accepted by the people of Afghanistan. It was imposed by faux. Our

16 July 2019

Security forces have reported the occurrence of an explosion in Kabul city. Confirming the incident, Firdows Faramarz told Reporterly that: “an explosion occurred in Arzan Qimat area in surrounding of PD12 of Kabul city.” He added that, the explosion didn’t have causalities but left financial damage. Mr. Farazard did not say about the type of explosion. The explosion occurred

16 July 2019

The Asian Development Bank’s Asian Development Outlook report which was recently released has projected the economic development of Afghanistan to be 2.5% in 2019 and 3% in 2020. The report says that growth in Afghanistan  slowed  in  2018 as the country was ‘weighed  down’  by  a  devastating  drought,  continuing  security challenges and political uncertainty, and negative spillover from neighboring economies. Fortunately, inflation has slowed

3 April 2019

John F. Sopko, the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction recently highlighted the launch of his watchdog agency’s 2019 “High-Risk List”. The list identifies eight risks to the reconstruction effort that might persist or arise in the wake of any peace agreement. They are: Widespread insecurity, underdeveloped civil policing capability, endemic corruption, sluggish economic growth, illicit narcotics trade, threats to women’s rights, reintegration of

1 April 2019

According to a study by Afghan national statistics and information authority, more than half of Afghans live in ‘multidimensional poverty’. The report is titled “Afghanistan Multidimensional Poverty Index” and it highlighted that as children form over half the population of the country, multidimensional poverty is highest among them. Some economists call children, women and the old as “poorest of the poor”. According to the report,

1 April 2019

In the recently published Human Rights Report for 2018, the US Department of State has acknowledged that Afghanistan is an Islamic republic with a directly elected president, a bicameral legislative branch, and a judicial branch, with parliamentary elections for the lower house of parliament being in October 2018, after a delay. Delayed Elections Involving Violence The report noted that although there was high voter turnout,

23 March 2019

The Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies published a report titled “Political Settlement of the Afghanistan Conflict-Divergent Models” as a part of their Peace Studies research series. The study analyses and explores the different possibilities of a political settlement in Afghanistan, particularly four different forms-inclusion of insurgents in elections, decentralisation of power, power sharing, and interim government. The study seeks to see the prospects

10 March 2019

US Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad said in his address at the US Institute of Peace (USIP) on Friday, that to achieve a peace agreement, a significant number of issues have to be dealt with. “We have tried to develop a long agenda of issues that must be addressed. Initially, we have focused on two issues, one being the issue of

9 February 2019