The Diplomat  |  Author

Ezzatullah Mehrdad

Ezzatullah Mehrdad

Ezzatullah Mehrdad is a freelance journalist based in Kabul.

Ezzatullah writes investigative and explanatory features on Afghanistan.

Posts by Ezzatullah Mehrdad
March 24, 2021

Assassinations Silence Afghanistan’s Intellectuals

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
In each of Afghanistan’s past conflicts, intellectuals have been targets of intolerance and violence. Even as peace appears on the horizon, the risks intensify. 

March 23, 2021

Moscow Conference on Afghan Peace: Two Steps Back for Women, One Step Forward for Peace

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
The one-day conference last week is part of a larger effort by regional powers to make peace between the Afghan government and the Taliban.
February 26, 2021

Even as Peace Talks Resume, Killing Soars in Afghanistan

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
After a month-long hiatus, the Taliban and Afghan government are talking again. Will it make a difference for Afghans?

February 17, 2021

Did China Build a Spy Network in Kabul?

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
Amid murky allegations of contact with the Haqqani Network, the life of one Chinese national in Kabul comes under scrutiny.

December 01, 2020

Afghanistan’s Biggest Fight: Climate Change

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
While the war has taken the majority of government attention (and money), climate change may be the more difficult battle.

November 17, 2020

Inside Afghanistan’s Education Crisis

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
Even before the lengthy COVID-19 shutdown, the country's schools were weighed down by crumbling infrastructure and a misguided curriculum.
July 29, 2020

Herd Immunity Can’t Save Afghanistan From COVID -19

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
The long-struggling Afghanistan might go through a new surge of COVID-19 cases that could trigger a full-scale crisis -- unlike the first wave.

July 25, 2020

Will Afghanistan’s Long-Delayed Peace Ever Arrive?

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
As Kabul and the Taliban continue to stall peace talks, Afghans' hopes are dying.

July 02, 2020

Afghan Media Struggle to Survive the Pandemic

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
Fewer ads, COVID-19 restrictions, and falling revenue have media outlets in Afghanistan “on the edge of collapse.”

April 30, 2020

Afghanistan: War in the Time of Coronavirus

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
Despite a peace deal and the devastating spread of COVID-19, the Afghan war sill rages on.

March 27, 2020

How Afghanistan Failed to Contain COVID-19 

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
A combination of political rifts, lack of testing, extremely social lifestyles, and a war-torn health care system have Afghanistan on the brink of disaster.
February 26, 2020

Afghans Celebrate Reduction in Hostilities But Fear Civil War

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
The U.S. is ready to make peace with the Taliban. But can Afghanistan’s political factions come to terms with each other?

Page 1 of 3