The security situation in Afghanistan has always been fragile and there is not a single ethnic group or community in the country which has been left unscathed from the raging violence and terrorist attacks- from religious scholars and youths, to women and children – all have been victims of the senseless and brutal attacks, on a daily basis. In no simple terms, all

22 June 2021

Today marks the centennial anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Turkey and Afghanistan. Ankara Government was officially recognized today by Afghanistan through the Treaty of Alliance signed on 1 March 1921. I use the term “Ankara Government”, because Turkey is founded in 1923, and in preceding years, Turkey was being ruled in practice by the Turkish Grand National Assembly under Ataturk’s

1 March 2021

As the violence in Afghanistan, that began during the communist over-throw of the government in the 1970s grinds along in its fifth decade, there are increasing calls for human rights abuse and war crimes investigations. While the need for justice and forgiveness is critical after a war, Afghanistan has some unique qualities worth examining. Afghanistan has two main options with regards to human rights

18 October 2020

It all started under the disguise of a charitable education effort. They presented themselves as a benign education movement, when they started the campaign of establishing schools in Turkey and later around the world, including Afghanistan. However, this was indeed the first step of an infiltration campaign where kids and their parents were recruited with the seemingly innocent promise of a better education

15 July 2020

By: David Metcalfe, Ambassador of Canada and Geoff Tooth, Ambassador of Australia David Metcalfe, the Canadian ambassador to Kabul and Geoff Tooth, the Australian ambassador, issued a joint statement stressing that the escalation of violence by the Taliban, posed a threat to the Afghan peace process. The statement reads: “We deplore the suffering and deaths of innocent civilians. We condemn the deliberate and callous targeting of advocates for

9 July 2020

For all those in Afghanistan who are planning and working for peace, this is your moment.  You were the optimists when nothing seemed to succeed, and I believe you carry the approval and hope of the vast majority of your countrymen. Seen from the United States, the war in Afghanistan can appear bloody and even hopeless. Yet that reflects the shock of violence more

13 June 2020

Air pollution releases quantities of substances including gases, particulates, and biological molecules that are introduced into the atmosphere. The effects of this will be climate change which will make it difficult to protect our health. Many residence of Kabul are not aware of what air quality should be and what it is. However recently due to many outcries via social media and traditional media

9 December 2019

It spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list, and now the moving tale of The Kite Runner is coming to the UAE. The adaptation of Khaled Hossein's 2003 novel will hit the stage at Dubai Opera next year, coming to the UAE following successful runs in London's West End. The production, adapted by Matthew Spangler, has previously been housed at the British

21 November 2019

The negotiations between the United States and the Taliban were focused on one topic – the terms and conditions for an eventual withdrawal of U.S. and other international forces. As we all know, on September 7 the U.S. president stated publicly that a signing event for the agreement had been scheduled to occur and was now suspended.  He called these talks “dead” although

21 September 2019

In 2019 Washington the public conversation about U.S. policy towards Afghanistan has become overly simplified.  Unfortunately it often does not reflect the advice of experts who know that we have considerable interest in a stable long-term solution.  But it is the cold reality: on all sides of the political spectrum, U.S. citizens are uneasy about how long this overseas engagement has lasted, they

24 July 2019