Claire Anderson


Can Technology Change the Education Landscape in Afghanistan?

July 26, 2017


Last week, a team of six teenage Afghan girls traveled to the United States to compete in an international robotics competition. But instead of grabbing global headlines for their remarkable achievements in engineering, all eyes were on an ugly and protracted visa battle with the U.S. in order for the girls to gain entry to attend the competition…. Read more


Mapping the Legal Aid Landscape in Afghanistan

April 5, 2017


On March 17, the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution to extend the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) until March 17, 2018, citing the specific need to enhance governance and rule of law in the country. The right to counsel is well-enmeshed in law and policy in Afghanistan, having existed in codified law since… Read more


Better Legal Education Key to Strengthening Rule of Law in Afghanistan

February 22, 2017


The latest “Rule of Law Index” released by World Justice Project ranks Afghanistan 111th among 113 countries—ahead of only Cambodia and Venezuela. Afghanistan’s low position in the annual report, which ranks countries on eight factors, including constraints on government powers, absence of corruption, fundamental rights, and order and security, is… Read more

Mohammad Naser Joya, an accountant for the MoFA, at an English-language class at the Institute of Diplomacy. 

To Advance Afghanistan’s Regional Role, Diplomats Need Language of International Relations

February 8, 2017


In December, delegates from nearly 40 countries attended the sixth annual Heart of Asia Ministerial Conference in Amritsar, India, to discuss peace, cooperation, and economic development in Afghanistan. Five such events have taken place since the first conference was held in Istanbul in 2011, and serve as a platform for regional cooperation by… Read more

downtown kabul 

Overcoming Stigma Against Disabilities in Afghanistan

November 2, 2016


The dusty, narrow streets of Kabul are congested most days, packed with vehicles and bicyclists angling for space. Panhandlers take advantage of the frequent standstills—constantly moving from car to car, tapping on windows and asking for change. These panhandlers are homeless for a variety of complex reasons and include men, women, and children of… Read more