Afghanistan Research Newsletter

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From 2005-2011 AREU’s library produced thirty issues of the Afghanistan research newsletter (the last issue was released in July/August 2011). For a number of reasons publication ceased; however, now with renewed interest AREU has renewed publication of the newsletter on

The Politicisation of Afghanistan’s High Schools

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Political activism in Afghanistan’s high schools is not new. Already during the 1960s and 1970s, the country’s new political parties identified schools and universities as ideal recruitment grounds. The New Leftist and Islamist parties had significant numbers of teachers among

Politics and governance in Afghanistan: The case of Kandahar

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The second in a series of case studies undertaken by the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit(AREU) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) as part of the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC)’s work, this research aims to look at subnational governance

Mapping village variability in Afghanistan: The use of cluster analysis to construct village typologies

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The evidence and analysis reported in this paper point to important differences between villages in the ways village elite behaves and the consequences this might have for the generation of public goods, both old and new, within the village. Further,

AREU mourns the tragic loss of former director Paula Kantor

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the tragic loss of Dr. Paula Kantor in the aftermath of an attack at the Park Palace Hotel on Wednesday, May 13, in Kabul, Afghanistan. “Paula gave her life here – like

An Overview of Citizens’ Fundamental Rights: Challenges and Opportunities

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Despite a range of inconsistencies and linguistic inadequacies, the 2004 Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (IRoA) is a major step forward in establishing the fundamental rights and freedoms of citizens. This constitutional law codifies such fundamental rights of

Separation of Powers under the Afghan Constitution: A Case Study

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The separation of power under the Afghan Constitution suffers from flaws, both on paper and in practice. Power is firmly tilted in favor of the executive, at the expense of the judiciary and the legislature. The no-confidence vote against the

Afghanistan Research Newsletter

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From 2005-2011 AREU’s library produced thirty issues of the Afghanistan research newsletter (the last issue was released in July/August 2011). For a number of reasons publication ceased; however, now with renewed interest AREU is again planning to bring out the

Separation of Powers in Afghanistan: Theory and Practice

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or both historical and practical reasons the drafters of the 2004 constitution provided for a strong Executive Branch. Not only was power centralised at the centre but the executive was also granted extensive powers to keep the whole of government

Evolution of Fundamental Rights in Afghanistan: 1924-2004

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Among Afghanistan’s six constitutions, the 1931, 1964 and 2004 constitutions are important landmarks for the evolution of fundamental rights in the country. The discourse surrounding the drafting processes of the 1931 and 1964 constitutions did not reflect an awareness of