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Loya Jirga

Where Are the Afghan Women?

Mahbouba Seraj | Posted 09.28.2014 | World
Mahbouba Seraj

Now, nearing the end of the fourth month of the slow-rolling wreck of this "democratic" Afghan presidential election, we Afghan women have lost our ability to speak. This is not what we women have worked for or voted for or dreamed of, and if we could raise our voices once again, we would not call this "democracy."

Hamid Karzai Isn't Crazy

Slate | Posted 02.14.2014 | World

Is Afghan President Hamid Karzai acting crazy again?...

Afghanistan Exit Strategy: How Bilateral Is the Security Agreement

Zaman Stanizai | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Zaman Stanizai

All parties in this conflict including the U.S., Afghan, and Pakistani governments and their battlefield adversaries are complicit in undermining peace.

Why the Kerry-Karzai Afghan Security Deal Won't Work

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

What's needed is an inclusive, political settlement -- with all stakeholders included -- that ends the fighting and stops the region from meddling, something we missed the mark on years ago. Until we do that, any Afghan security deal will remain elusive.

No Immunity for US Troops: Why Hamid Karzai Punted to Loya Jirga

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 12.14.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Immunity for U.S. troops post-2014 isn't going to happen. It's a political non-starter. No Afghan presidential candidate, queuing for the April 2014 elections, can support it, nor do the Afghan people want immunity for foreign troops.

Bad Show

Nick Mills | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Nick Mills

What are we to make of the latest episodes in the far-too-long-running soap opera that is the government of Afghanistan? And why can't we, as the ch...

Let's not forget that warlords were brought into the Afghan Government by the Bush Administration in 2001

Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould

According to a March 16 Reuters article by Peter Graff titled Afghanistan confirms blanket pardon for war crimes,

Vision of a State: Ultra-Federalism in Afghanistan

Mike Signer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mike Signer

An ultra-federalist culture would constantly seek to discover and bridge gaps between local systems for administering justice and the official machinery of the state courts.

Call a Jirga Not a Runoff in Afghanistan

Patricia DeGennaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Patricia DeGennaro

If the U.S. and international community are serious about this intervention and having any kind of political success (and less war) in Afghanistan, it should call a Loya Jirga, or a "grand assembly".

Can the UN Save Afghanistan?

Stephen Schlesinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen Schlesinger

Given the UN's extraordinary and continuing role in Afghanistan, it would seem appropriate at this time that it might consider guiding President Obama toward a resolution of the dilemma he now faces.

A Hidden Denial in the Afghan Election

Paul Fitzgerald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Paul Fitzgerald

U.S. missteps in Afghanistan stretch back to the Bush administration's decision to court the warlords.

Withdraw from Afghanistan with a Public, Negotiated Timetable

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

A timetable for withdrawal should be a core provision of an agreement negotiated by the United States with the Afghan government.