Afghanistan's Throne-One Wife Two Husbands
By: Dr. G. Rauf Roashan
Abstract: A National Unity Government created with the so-called good offices of the US Secretary of State, John Kerry is expected to work in Afghanistan. It has had many difficulties and flaws so far to succeed. In fact the Afghan throne or the power of government is treated as a lady that is expected to yield to both leaders as her husbands. In Afghanistan-as anywhere else for that purpose, this polyandry is very hard to work.
Last Updated ( Sunday, 07 June 2015 05:14 )
The Russians are Back in Afghanistan
By Dr. G. Rauf RoashanAbstract: In the past decade and a half we remained engaged in Afghanistan. What we did not do was a close and realistic observation of our engagement and investment in men and money into that country and the implementation of hundreds of projects carried out haphazardly without coordination or prioritization or making it sure that their results were tangible and goal oriented. Well, it appears that perhaps the Russians have done that evaluation and utilizing their observations are now trying to return to Afghanistan because she is indeed a very important country strategically located in the heart of Asia and is truly located on the crossroads of economic and strategic developments in the region.
The Afghan-US Bilateral Security Agreement - Psychology of the Dilemma
Abstract: The issue of the BSA has been in the news for so long. There have been analyses and commentaries on the subject. Many of these comments lacked a scrutiny of the psychology of the issue. Well this article looks at that aspect.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 11 February 2014 16:15 )
US Aid Money and Afghanistan
by: Dr. G. Rauf Roashan
Abstract: In December 2001, the United States well aware of the fact that the establishment of a democratic system of government in Afghanistan would not come about free of cost, committed itself to providing financial assistance to Afghanistan’s military and economic programs. Thus only in the first nine years the US commitment amounted to about $ 52 billion. (In local Afghan currency this amount is around 2.6 trillion Afghanis.) This paper looks in a quick way at the cost and effect of this input only. Input by countries in the coalition and some of the neighboring ones need another study.
Karzai’s Pre-Lame Duck Attitude
By: Dr. G. Rauf Roashan
Abstract: Afghanistan is an important country, strategically located with huge untapped and priceless resources for an energy and raw materials hungry world. The world needs peace in Afghanistan and Afghanistan needs help. Security situations in Afghanistan have not improved much. Yet Afghanistan needs to stand on her own relying on her own military and security forces after the international and the US forces leave the country at the end of 2014. But it also seems that there are problems at this important phase of the life of Afghanistan when presidential elections are only three months away and the deadline for pulling out of international forces in just one short year approaching. This article looks at some of the problems.
Last Updated ( Sunday, 05 January 2014 23:13 )