Tag: Karzai

US Withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Reality

With the year 2014 –scheduled for US’ withdrawal from Afghanistan – approaching nearer, the confusion regarding the form and even quantum, as also the ‘after-effects’ of US’ withdrawal, is increasing in the media reports. There are now the reported lurking doubts that US may not fulfill its commitment to withdraw […]

How to Find Qualified Afghan Leadership

As 2014 approaches and NATO prepares to leave Afghanistan while the Afghan presidential election begins to activate, there are a set of indigenous conditions that must set the standard for the effective transfer of power to qualified Afghan leadership that cannot be ignored any longer by policy makers. “A leader […]

Leaving At All Costs

With a boom in terrorist activity in the past months, the USA’s withdrawal from Afghanistan begins to resemble a retreat On September 20th, the head of the US Ministry of Defense, Leon Panetta, announced the successful withdrawal of the supplementary military contingent, totaling 33 thousand people, from Afghanistan. The contingent […]

NATO in Afghanistan: Do They Stay Or Do They Go?

Despite the fact that the U.S. has officially announced the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan in 2014, things are coming so that they will remain there. The question, in what status, with what rights and, more importantly, with what goal – increasingly concerns the neighbors of Afghanistan: Russia, China, and […]

Karzai’s Loya Jirga

President Karzai and his government hailed the Loya Jirga, a 2030 strong assemblage of parliamentarians and notables from across the country, as a great success. Certainly it could be deemed a success that the Taliban despite the threats they held out were not able to prevent participation nor were they […]

Washington’s Afghan Endgame

US President Barack Obama’s announced phased withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan prompted an immediate surge of articles and comments in the international media; analyses and even forecasts by experts; and estimates and calculations by the military. The assessments often directly contradict each other, even though their authors cite the same […]

Will Pay-for-Peace Work in Afghanistan?

The pay-for-peace format for peace in Afghanistan has perhaps reached its crescendo with the drawdown of NATO forces most likely next month. The moot question is: whether after the departure of the foreign troops will Afghanistan usher in era of peace and development as often harped by its current President […]

NATO’s Routine in Afghanistan

Speaking May 31 at a press conference in Kabul, Afghan President Hamid Karzai told NATO to stop bombing Afghan villages. He said if NATO continues airstrikes on Afghan homes, its presence in Afghanistan will be regarded as occupation, which is not what the Afghan people want; and he stressed that […]