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New Year but old dreams and same challenges

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By M. Nadeem Alizai-KABUL: Amid concerns and despair, January 1, 2016 brought new dawn of hope to some Afghans. Although, new solar year will begin on March 21,…

Energy as the motor for sustainable economic development, peace and security in South Asia

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By Alias Wardak-South Asia as an energy deficit region requires economic and feasible solutions in the energy sector, in order to secure a sustainable economic development. An effective…

India needs a new focus on Afghanistan

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By Anand K. Sahay: In a basic sense, India-Pakistan relations are cut in a groove made by history, the way Pakistan has evolved into being subservient to its…

Afghanistan’s fate: Fulbright program sows hope

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By French Hill-This year, we will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright program. Established in 1946 by then-Arkansas U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright, this exceptionally American contribution…

Symbolic gestures shouldn’t dominate quadrilateral meeting

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“This quadrilateral meeting is the only hope. If it was unsuccessful, the hopes will dash to the ground. Once this happens, these global and regional players could not…

They shut down my column

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Under General Sharif, the Pakistan army is carrying out a low-intensity war against diversity of opinion. By Mohammad Taqi: Along with putting the Pakistani COAS on a pedestal, his…

Rokhsana’s tragic tale and the threats posed by ignorance

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By Rooh-ul-Amin Rukhsana was stoned to death. And her fiancé was flogged. The couple’s only crime was “love and elopement”, a matter of family honor. She defied marrying…

Still not really late: society building in Afghanistan

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By Hakim Ahmadzai-It is improbable that any nation could be entirely independent and self-sufficient. Afghanistan needs international assistance; however, it ought to decide its own fate. It is…

China flexing muscles in Afghanistan

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By Sher Jan-Napoleon once said that, “When China awakes the world will tremble.” China is one of the strategically most important neighbors of Afghanistan. The rapid expansion of…

The dreams of light are chasing my eyes, now

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By Nabi Zeerakyar Last month, I had the opportunity to visit Bacha Khan Markaz in Peshawar and meet a number of key Awami National Party (ANP) leaders. ANP…