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July 16, 2020
As Afghanistan grapples with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Taliban has sought to both exert control through violent attacks and leverage the pandemic to their advantage as part of a cynical “hearts and minds” campaign. The Afghan government’s inadequate response to COVID-19 has given... Read More
February 26, 2020
The recent announcement of plans for a peace deal between the United States and the Taliban has brought what has been called “America’s forgotten war” back to the headlines. Yet to secure meaningful peace, it is critical that the negotiation process and any resulting settlement preserve and extend... Read More
March 26, 2019
Welcome back to the final blog post of the Rule of Law in Afghanistan series! In the last two blog... Read More
March 11, 2019
Welcome back! In the first blog post, we laid out the fragile separation of powers and constitutional framework for local accountability in Afghanistan. We concluded... Read More
March 04, 2019
The destabilizing chain of events that continue to seep across Afghanistan has ceaselessly fielded new challenges to key political and military actors involved in America’s longest war. Nearly 18 years of bloody conflict have demanded intricate... Read More
February 27, 2019
Nearly two decades into our longest war, the United States is in the process of withdrawing from... Read More
January 07, 2019
Afghanistan, the world’s deadliest place according to the latest Global Terrorism Index, is currently preparing for its presidential elections in July. Another study... Read More
March 30, 2018
Under the oppressive Taliban regime, Naheed Farid was forced to drop out of school. Witnessing the denial of rights to Afghan women for years, she dedicated her career to empowering women. In Afghanistan, barriers to women’s leadership begin at a young age with lack of education for girls. The... Read More
March 17, 2016
Fifty percent of Afghan girls who are forced into marriage are sixteen years old or younger. Afghanistan has been described as, "the worst nation in the world to be a woman." Many women live in fear, every single day. Additionally, many areas throughout the country still condemn education and... Read More
May 14, 2015
Thirty members of the Hazara ethnic group were captured by ISIS on February 24, 2015.   The Afghan government did not make any effort to bring these people home. Their families protested on multiple occasions, but the government has been silent and to this day, no answers have come to those... Read More
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Shamila Kohestani

Assistant Program Officer, Middle East and North Africa Division