Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

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کابل؛ امسال سمی‌ترین زمستان را پیش‌ رو خواهد داشت (Kabul this year will have the most toxic winter ahead)

Sobh-e Kabul, (31 Oct 2020) A warning about the unchecked burning of coal in Kabul (which uses 80% of the country’s coal production – much of it unearthed illegally), particularly by controversial new high-rise buildings and about a politically restricted National Environmental Protection Agency of Afghanistan without “effective long-term and short-term plans to reduce air […]

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Afghanistan Is Not Doomed to Repeat Its Past

Foreign Policy, 26 October 2020 Barnett Rubin analyses lessons from the 1988 Geneva Accords (about the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan) and the 2011 Bonn Agreement, in order to avoid a breakdown like in 1992. As key conclusions he recommends to modify and the 2004 constitution for the transition that is supposed to result from the […]

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Global Peace Index 2020

Institute for Economics & Peace, October 2020 Afghanistan is the least peaceful country in the world for the second year in a row, followed by Syria, Iraq, South Sudan and Yemen. Afghanistan is one of the few countries where the number of deaths has not decreased over the past few years, with the scope and […]

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The impact of COVID-19 on older persons [in Afghanistan]

Samuel Hall.org, September 2020 The migration and displacement-focused social enterprise has looked at the growing elderly population of the country under the Covid19 pandemic and found that “Government ministries advised those over age 60 to remain inside their homes to minimize spread of the virus. Elderly women had higher rates of exposure, given their roles […]

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جنجال مذهب رسمی: محمد‌موسی شفیقِ امروز کجا است؟ (The Problem with the Official Mazhab: Where is today’s Mhd Musa Shafiq?)

8 Sobh, 26 September 2020 A very instructive article (in Dari) by Ali Karimi in the Kabul daily 8am about the fight over whether to make Hanafi fiqh the only constitutionally enshrined version of Islamic law in the 1964 constitution during a Loya Jirga and the role of former liberal prime minister Muhammad Musa Shafiq, […]

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Catapults, Pickups and Tankers: Cross-Border Production and Trade and How It Shapes the Political Economy of the Borderland of Nimroz

AREU, 24 September 2020 By our AREU colleagues, an excellent new report by David Mansfield about the political economy of Afghanistan’ southwestern-most province of Nimroz, on the border with Iran, which is increasingly important for its income from the cross-border trade, both licit and illicit. (The catapults of the title refer to a pittoresk method […]

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