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Nake M. Kamrany
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Prof. Kamrany is an eminent Afghan-American development economist with superior experience in economic development who is held in high esteem by the international development community, Afghan leaders, scholars, the private sector and intellectuals. He has more than 20 publications on the political economy of Afghanistan. He is one of the founders of the Center for Afghanistan Studies at the University of Nebraska in Omaha, Nebraska.

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How to End Afghanistan War: Negotiate With Taliban

(2) Comments | Posted June 8, 2014 | 3:07 PM

President Obama's magnanimous decision to gain the freedom of U.S SGT Bowe Bergdahl after five years captivity in exchange for five Taliban Guantanamo prisoners (each after 12 years of captivity) may pave the way for broader peace agreements and an end to the war in Afghanistan. The current...

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Bill Gate's Vision of World Prosperity: Global Income Convergence

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 12:53 PM

In a recent statement Microsoft innovator and entrepreneur Bill Gates declared an optimistic world economy forecasting convergence of low and middle income countries reaching the level of rich countries in due course. Gate's conception has been tested and verified by a group of researchers at the University of...

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Obama Is No Truman On War And Peace

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 4:51 PM

After having submitted his written recommendation to the White House concerning U.S. troops level after 2014, Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. who command all international forces in Afghanistan impinged upon the purview of presidential decision making of war and peace when he requested an audience with President Obama on Monday...

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Obamacare vs. the French Health Care System

(4) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 9:01 AM

Co-authored by Dimitri Beshkov

Undoubtedly, Obamacare has the right intentions to create a national health care system for the U.S. The U.S. should clearly offer health care that extends from the cradle to the grave, just as it is in most European countries, including France. However, in order to fully...

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Peace Options for Afghanistan

(3) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 5:54 PM

After 12 years of inconclusive war in Afghanistan, the White House is weighing on two options for the future of NATO involvement in Afghanistan. One option is by consensus of 16 U.S. intelligence agencies opting for ZERO option, i.e., complete withdrawal of NATO troops by the...

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United States-Taliban Peace Conference: Will It Succeed?

(8) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 2:19 PM

At long last, after 12 years of war, the longest war in American history, President Barack Obama decided to send his negotiating team to Doha, Qatar on June 18, 2013 and meet with the Taliban negotiating team to reach a peace accord. This was...

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Taliban-US Peace Talks

(3) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 11:47 AM

It was a magnanimous act by President Obama to allow the Taliban to sit across a peace table with the United States last month to end the longest American war (12 years) in its history.

America's war in Afghanistan marks the longest in the country's history and

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Getting Out of Recession: European Austerity v. American Deficit Finance -- Which One Is Effective?

(8) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 11:00 AM

Austerity is a form of punishment for spending beyond one's means. In the 1700s those who could not pay their debts would be incarcerated. Bankruptcy laws and deficit financing have been invented but austerity is still lingering especially in the old European mind set. Since the financial crisis, various governments...

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The Genesis of Peace for Afghanistan

(6) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 3:42 AM

It is extraordinary that the U.S. military remained in Afghanistan after Bin Laden slipped out of Afghanistan through Tora Bora into Pakistan in 2001. For the next 12 years the U.S. was engaged in a war with Afghan villagers -- the Taliban. It intends to complete troop withdrawal by the...

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Securing Peace in Afghanistan After US Withdrawal

(3) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 5:04 PM

Co-authored by Haseena Qudrat and Michelle Kamrany

The creation of nine U.S. military bases in post-war Afghanistan will prolong the war, costing more American blood and treasure, inviting jihadis in the Middle East and Asia to shoot at Americans, who will be sitting ducks, sustaining the onslaught of bombs and...

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Afghanistan War Is Not a Just War

(43) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 9:44 AM

Unbeknown to most Americans, the Afghanistan war is the longest American war in its history. More importantly, this war defies the elements of a just war as elucidated by St Augustine of Hippo 2000 years ago: First, it was not based on clear, legitimate or just aims. The...

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The Lessons of Afghanistan: The Post-War Deluge of Ambiguity

(6) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 10:13 AM

After nearly 12 years, the longest and most conflicted U.S. -Afghanistan war may be winding down. Thanks to President Barack Obama's decision to speed up the withdrawal of U.S. troops in the spring of this year instead of in the summer saving American and Afghan lives and wealth. This 180...

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Botswana: An African Model for Progress and Prosperity

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 3:00 PM

The southern African nation of Botswana has defied the global economic downturn of the 2007-2009 great recession. Instead, it exemplifies the recent transition of economic growth in favor of low-income countries as it jumped from recording one of the world's lowest per capita income figures of $70 to...

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How to Avoid a Depression: First Reduce Unemployment

(7) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 9:30 AM

By Nake M. Kamrany and Samuel Kosydar

The twin deficit this time is high unemployment and high deficit/debt. As the current fiscal cliff fiasco unfolds it is pertinent for the United States to reexamine its economic priorities. Despite the high unemployment that continues to beleaguer the U.S. economy, Congress's concerns...

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The Dilemma of Fiscal Cliff -- The Solution Is to Scrap It

(8) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 5:00 PM

The current economic policy priority should be to reduce the rate of unemployment down to 4 percent and subsequently seeking policies to reduce deficit and debt after the economy is robust. The current dilemma of fiscal cliff offering two possibilities neither of which are practically acceptable nor offering desirable alternatives....

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The US Health Care Solution: Both Sides Have It Wrong -- Try Medicare

(13) Comments | Posted October 8, 2012 | 2:43 PM

A cardinal rule of problem-solving is to accurately define the problem before a solution is applied. Ostensibly, the Obamacare and Romney proposals both miss the point, as they will be cost-prohibitive if implemented. Given the growth rates of annual cost, the total health care bill will exceed the GDP. As...

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A Road Map to Implementing U.S. Healthcare

(24) Comments | Posted July 25, 2012 | 2:33 PM

Now that U.S. Healthcare is constitutional, the success of its implementation largely depends upon breaking up the medical cartel(s), and separating it from the political process, in order to make it cost affordable. The most recent figures report that the U.S. per capita healthcare cost is $8,233, which...

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An Optimal Solution to U.S. Health Care

(11) Comments | Posted April 28, 2012 | 5:59 PM

U.S. health care is fraught with emotional prediction of ideologues including the Supreme Court. The combination of U.S. private and public health care cost, if unchecked, will exceed the budget of the federal government by the year 2027, leaving out 50+ million Americans who have no coverage, the poor and...

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Bangladesh's Rising Income Potential

(5) Comments | Posted April 18, 2012 | 6:03 PM

Bangladesh is poised to follow China and India's recent growth pattern of rising per capita income as the recent distribution of economic growth has shifted in favor of low and middle income countries. Bangladesh's estimate of economic growth is predicated upon its impressive growth performance of per capita income averaging...

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U.S. Incarceration Rate Is a National Disgrace

(40) Comments | Posted April 13, 2012 | 3:27 PM

United States incarceration rate defies the rule of optimal sanction that would promote equity and efficiency. It incarcerates 753 per 100,000; comparable European figures include 153 for England, 96 for France, 92 for Italy, 66 for Denmark and 90 for Germany. The high figures in the...

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