Posts By Fazel Rabi Haqbeen
June 27, 2012
“Afghanistan transition, 2014.” Ask citizens of countries engaged in Afghanistan since 2001 what this target date means, and the answer is likely to center on bringing home troops and resources. But ask the people of Afghanistan what 2014 means, and the answer is more likely to reflect anxiety…
November 16, 2011
For the first time since 2007, respondents in The Asia Foundation’s 2011 Survey of the Afghan People cited reconstruction and rebuilding as the most important reason for optimism. The level of optimism for reconstruction and rebuilding…
Regional Peace Consultations in Afghanistan Reveal Top Recommendations from Communities, Civil Society
October 19, 2011
On September 20, former president and head of Afghanistan’s peace process, Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani, received an urgent call while in Dubai: Taliban leaders were ready to talk peace, he was told, and he rushed back to his home in Kabul.
January 26, 2011
Yesterday, Afghanistan’s National Assembly (parliament) convened amid controversy and relief that a constitutional crisis had been averted. The day before the inauguration, a number of election candidates spent the night at the Presidential Palace to protest President Karzai’s decision…
June 23, 2010
During last year’s presidential election, Hamid Karzai promised to call a jirga to promote peace and reconciliation for Afghanistan’s future. After two postponements, the peace jirga finally took place in early June with 1,700 delegates gathering in Kabul. Some in the Afghan and international press have criticized the results, but the primary goal of the [...]
August 5, 2009
“In 2001, when foreign militaries – including the American, Belgian, British, Canadian, Danish, German, Italian, and Turkish – entered the country, Afghans welcomed them warmly, strewing flowers as they passed through towns and villages. There was widespread hope that the country would finally see peace and stability after decades of war.