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Afghanistan Has Another Power-Sharing Deal. Can This One Last?
May 26, 2020

Afghanistan Has Another Power-Sharing Deal. Can This One Last?

By Hadia Haqparast
To avoid another political crisis in Afghanistan, we need to draw lessons from the National Unity Government (NUG).

A Decentralized Government Is Not the Answer to Afghanistan’s Problems
February 29, 2020

A Decentralized Government Is Not the Answer to Afghanistan’s Problems

By Ajmal Burhanzoi
In Afghanistan's case, devolving power to local institutions will only encourage further jihadism designed to wring concessions from the state.
What Kind of Government Do Afghans Want?
February 05, 2020

What Kind of Government Do Afghans Want?

By Yaqub Ibrahimi
A political settlement in Afghanistan will require an agreement on regime type: electoral democracy versus emirate. What do the people prefer?

Ending the War Won’t Solve Afghanistan’s Governance Problem
January 23, 2020

Ending the War Won’t Solve Afghanistan’s Governance Problem

By Gul Maqsood Sabit
Afghanistan has made progress, but without a well-functioning government at the helm all those gains risk being lost.

Prolonged Patience: Elections in Afghanistan
November 15, 2019

Prolonged Patience: Elections in Afghanistan

By Gabriel M. Piccillo
The results are still being debated and turnout was low. But Afghanistan’s democracy remains the lone source of hope for the country.

Is Democracy Dying in Afghanistan?
October 11, 2019

Is Democracy Dying in Afghanistan?

By Jumakhan Rahyab
The recent presidential election, coupled with a long list of government failures, is a serious alarm heralding the death of democracy in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan-Sri Lanka: Natural Partners in Democracy and Development
October 10, 2019

Afghanistan-Sri Lanka: Natural Partners in Democracy and Development

By M. Ashraf Haidari
Despite occasional challenges, Sri Lanka’s democracy is vibrant and resilient, inspiring younger democracies such as Afghanistan. 
What Did the Intra-Afghan Dialogue Accomplish?
July 17, 2019

What Did the Intra-Afghan Dialogue Accomplish?

By R. Maxwell Bone
The talks were a step in the right direction, but only the beginning of a long, fraught process.

How Free Press Has Strengthened Democracy in Afghanistan
June 12, 2019

How Free Press Has Strengthened Democracy in Afghanistan

By M. Ashraf Haidari
Afghanistan's free press is providing a critical service for the country's young democracy.

How Afghanistan’s Judiciary Lost Its Independence
June 05, 2019

How Afghanistan’s Judiciary Lost Its Independence

By Sayed Ziafatullah Saeedi
For reasons both structural and political, the Afghan Supreme Court has turned into a de facto ally of the president.

An Afghan Peace on Whose Terms?
April 23, 2019

An Afghan Peace on Whose Terms?

By Marvin G. Weinbaum and Samad Sadri
Peace talks are predicated on the notion that the Taliban have fundamentally changed. They haven't.
Is the Taliban’s Former Capital Ready to Welcome Them Back?
April 18, 2019

Is the Taliban’s Former Capital Ready to Welcome Them Back?

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
Kandahar has come a long way since Taliban rule. What do its residents think about the peace talks?

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