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The Nation State and Afghanistan

By Paolo Cotta Ramusino

**The content of this piece was presented at the Herat Security Dialogue – VI (13-14 October 2017).**

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Afghan-led RECCA & Heart of Asia Processes Can Bolster Regional Stability and Prosperity

 By M. Ashraf Haidari

Over the past 16 years, Afghanistan has been a victim of state-sponsorship of terrorism. As a proxy of a regional state, the Taliban have daily ki

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Afghanistan: The Heart of Silk Road in Asia

By M. Ashraf Haidari

Reviving and building connectivity across the Eurasian landmass based on the commercial networks of the ancient Silk Road underpins one of the key economic goals of the Asian continent. Asian nations will

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Farkhunda’s Sisters – Recasting the Social Narratives of Afghan Women

In March 2015, twenty-seven-year-old Farkhunda Malikzada was horrifically murdered by an angry mob in front of the Shah-Do-Shamshira mosque in downtown Kabul. She was falsely accused of burning the Quran. The response to the cruel murder took on a life of its own, as a video of it went viral on social media, igniting protests, solidarity walks, and calls for justice both within Afghanistan and internationally. Public outrage, coupled with technology brought to the fore discussions and d

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Ambassador Kai Eide's speech at the 6th Herat Security Dialogue

First of all, I would like to express my gratitude and admiration to Dr. Moradian for organizing this conference again here in Herat. Over a very few years, this conference has become an important arena for discussions – not only of Afghan affairs, but of wider problems troubling us all wherever we live.

And I am grateful to Dr. Spanta, for his very kind words – and for a long-lasting friendshi

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