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Understanding Alliances in Afghanistan

Aug 24, 2015 The Centre for Conflict and Peace Studies (CAPS) in partnership with the United States Institute for Peace (USIP) conducted mixed-method, field-based research regarding alliance formation, structure, maintenance, and resilience among armed groups as well as alliances between political groups in the five Afghan provinces of Kabul, Herat, Helmand, Kunduz and Nangarhar.  The

Af-Pak Improving Relationship: Will Afghan Taliban Listen to Pakistan?

Feb 22, 2015 By: Hekmatullah Azamy, Research Analyst Led by the Afghan Taliban, militancy in Afghanistan has grown in strength and claimed increasing casualties to combatants and civilians during last 13 years. Both Afghanistan and the International Community accused Pakistan of patronizing the Afghan Taliban and help them sustain militancy in the face of growing

Islamic State: Another Phase in History of Islamist Power Struggle 

Oct 23, 2014By:  Mr. Halimullah Kousary, Deputy Head of Research  Over 60 years after the fall of the Ottoman Empire and subsequent intensification of nationalism in the Muslim world, Islamists have tried three distinct campaigns to gain power and establish Islamic states in the Muslim world. First was jihad in 1979 against the Soviet Union

Strategic Partnership and Fragility of Afghan State

Sep 30, 2014 By:  Mr. Halimullah Kousary, Deputy Head of Research The aftermath of  the Afghan 2014 presidential election confirms  two problems of Afghanistan today. Firstly, after 13 years of relative progress and development in certain areas, Afghanistan is still a politically fragile country with serious political divisions among the Afghan powerbrokers and  it  thus

How Afghanistan’s Presidential elections will be Free, Fair and Flawed

Oct 01, 2013 By Mayank Bubna, Research Fellow Election coverage for Afghanistan’s presidential post has long been anticipatory in nature – trying to predict what will happen the week of elections. Monitoring of the elections by various international parties is widespread, traditionally focusing on issues such as stuffing of ballot boxes, manipulation of voter registration

Roads to Peace in Afghanistan – Fighting for Peace 

Oct 01, 2013By Hekmatullah Azamy, Research Analyst The last 12 years of fighting has taught all players involved in the Afghan conflict to end the ruthless battle through peace talks. In other words, all parties want peace more than ever before, even if faced with great challenges. This piece studies the background of peace initiatives

Intercultural Dialogue in Afghanistan: A Silver Bullet?

May 26, 2013 By Hekmat K. Karzai, Director The phrase intercultural dialogue is a relatively new phrase in the English lexicon that is widely used by politicians, development workers, and sociologists. The phrase itself, however, is complicated because there is no single, widely recognized definition of the term and for the most part, intercultural dialogue