M Ashraf Haidari is the Director-General of Policy & Strategy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan and formerly served as the country's Deputy Chief of Mission to India.
OCTOBER 6, 2018 BY M.ASHRAF HAIDARI The Trump administration has recently been encouraged to consider a plan using private military companies (PMC) to maintain security in Afghanistan. According to Blackwater founder Erik Prince, the plan’s primary external supporter, such a force would include 5,500 personnel and a 90-plane ready-to-use air force. Aside from saving American soldiers’ lives, itREAD MORE
Regional cooperation is needed to curb the flow of precursor chemicals into Afghanistan and export of narcotic products out of the country to other states. by M. Ashraf Haidari This past November, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released its annual survey of opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan for 2017. As ever, theREAD MORE
Image Credit: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani hosted the Silk Road Mayors Forum in Kabul. 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 willREAD MORE
M Ashraf Haidari | APR 18, 2018 SYRIA, North Korea, and Yemen have largely dominated headlines. But Afghanistan also remains in the global conscience. If anything, the much-needed international focus on the campaign against the Taliban has outlined how difficult the fight has become, despite our steady military gains. Frustrated with what many are mistakenlyREAD MORE