Mohammad Shoaib Haidary


By the Numbers: Is Afghanistan’s Democracy at Risk?

August 15, 2018


Today, the Taliban continue to fight government forces in Afghanistan, recently launching major attacks such as those in Ghazni and demonstrating the persistence of the challenges at hand. But recall that after the Taliban government was ousted in 2001, Afghanistan made great strides towards democratization, rebuilding its political system around d… Read more


Is Peace with the Taliban Possible?

April 25, 2018


From March 25 to 27, delegations from across the region and around the world gathered in Uzbekistan’s capital, Tashkent, in an effort to broker peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. While there have been dozens of similar attempts in the past, these were emboldened by a strong offer on the table. In February, Afghan President A… Read more


As Kabul Grows, Clean Water a Step Toward State Legitimacy in Afghanistan

March 28, 2018


In 2050, Kabul’s population is expected to reach 9 million, making it one of the fastest growing cities in the world. People are flocking to the capital due to an overall trend in urbanization, especially for increased job possibilities and more opportunity. Some are fleeing the threat of insecurity in the countryside (despite a recent rise in dead… Read more

Kandahar city 

A Pipeline for Landlocked Afghanistan: Can It Help Deliver Peace?

March 14, 2018


Two remarkable things happened at the end of February in Afghanistan: At the 2nd Kabul Process Conference, on February 28, Afghanistan’s National Unity Government (NUG) unveiled a peace offer (without preconditions) to the Taliban in a bold attempt to restart the stalled political process and ultimately put an end to the country’s long-running conf… Read more

Afghan Survey 

Afghan Women Pessimistic on Peace Talks with Taliban

February 14, 2018


For a war-torn country like Afghanistan, where a fresh wave of Taliban attacks in the last month alone left scores of civilians dead and the capital still grieving, renewing peace negotiations with anti-government groups seems like it would be welcome news. However, that depends on who you ask, and where you sit at the negotiation table. According… Read more