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The state of electoral dispute mechanisms in Afghanistan

In 2010 Afghanistan faced an unprecedented situation where despite having two bodies to address electoral irregularities, the executive created an extra-constitutional measure to adjudicate electoral complaints. Ambiguities in the legal framework and unexpected electoral results in Ghazni province prompted a Read More

Unpacking the complexities of water conflicts resolution processes in Afghanistan

Over the past few decades, research in Afghanistan has paid a great deal of attention to justice and dispute resolution processes related to civil and criminal issues. However, studies focusing more specifically on water-related conflicts have been extremely limited and Read More

Despair or Hope? Opium Poppy Cultivation in post-2014 Afghanistan

Like so much else in Afghanistan, the direction that the opium economy takes after 2014 will depend on a complex matrix of factors.Those who despair point to the more than one-third increase in cultivation, with a new high in 2013. Read More

Politics and governance in Afghanistan: the case of Nangarhar province

Afghanistan’s government is often described as fragmented and fragile. In many instances, the central government is viewed as failing to function effectively, particularly beyond the capital. This does not mean that there is disorder at the regional or provincial level. Read More

“From Bad They Made It Worse” The concentration of opium poppy in areas of conflict in the provinces of Helmand and Nangarhar

Levels of drug crop cultivation have long been seen as an indicator of the success or failure of counternarcotics efforts. However, to rely on this indicator is to misunderstand the socioeconomic and political processes that support farmers moving out of Read More

The A to Z Guide to Assistance in Afghanistan 2014-Twelfth Edition

Updated each year, the A to Z Guide to Afghanistan Assistance aims to enhance general understanding of the array of actors, structures, and government processes related to aid and reconstruction efforts in the country.

Roundtable Discussion on “Afghanistan’s Electoral Experiences”

For Afghanistan, to have a Constitution, is itself an achievement. Afghanistan has had several Constitution’s in the past, that were never put in to effect. Previous Constitutions, including the 1964 Constitution were created by rulers, to legitimize their governments.

Governance in Afghanistan An Introduction

Afghanistan is not new to governance reform. But the establishment of a sound system of public administration is a long-term process depending on strong, sustained and coordinated partnership between and within the Afghan government and the international community. Government reform Read More

The Afghan National Army:Sustainability Challenges beyond Financial Aspects

The ANA is commonly viewed as one of post-2001 Afghanistan’s strongest institutions,if not the strongest. However, with the imminent withdrawal of international forces,the ANA’s ability to stand on its own and successfully confront its enemies faces its firstmajor test. This Read More

Small and Medium Enterprises Development and Regional Trade in Afghanistan

In Afghanistan’s turn to market economy after the US invasion in 2001, the private sector, 85 percent of it made up of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), was defined as the engine for growth. But the flow of tremendous aid Read More