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    M. Ashraf Haidari

    M Ashraf Haidari is a Visiting Fellow at ORF. He also serves as the Director-General of Policy & Strategy at the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan.

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  • Afghanistan’s Forgotten Humanitarian Crisis0

    How to overcome the legacy of four decades of suffering? By M. Ashraf Haidari Credit: Afghan refugees image via Eight Photo / Shutterstock.com Afghanistan is a facing a complex humanitarian crisis, stemming from the many challenges that have confronted Afghanistan over the past four decades. The saga of Afghanistan as a vulnerable nation began in the late

  • Securing the future of Afghanistan: The diaspora’s debt of service0

    Securing the future of Afghanistan: The diaspora’s debt of service | ORF 12 May 2020 by M. Ashraf Haidari Do Afghans abroad ever think about their debt of service to Afghanistan and doing something about it? They may rarely do so. But let us begin with the basic fact that the land Afghans call home

  • Securing South Asia Through Regional Economic Integration0

    Afghanistan is pushing for the vision of SAARC to become reality at long last. By M. Ashraf Haidari November 09, 2019 The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a conference on “Regional Economic Integration: A Catalyst for Socioeconomic Prosperity in South Asia.” I welcomed this timely forum. Afghanistan, a

  • Afghanistan-Sri Lanka: Natural Partners in Democracy and Development0

    Despite occasional challenges, Sri Lanka’s democracy is vibrant and resilient, inspiring younger democracies such as Afghanistan.  By M. Ashraf HaidariOctober 10, 2019    The past four decades have hardly been kind to the peace- and freedom-loving people of Afghanistan. But despite the many destructive conflicts imposed on the country, Afghans armed with a steel willpower have persevered

  • How Free Press Has Strengthened Democracy In Afghanistan0

    June 17, 2019 By Observer Research Foundation By M. Ashraf Haidari Since its emergence as a modern nation-state, Afghanistan has experimented with different forms of government. From absolute and constitutional monarchies to the first republic and communist/marxist regimes, never has Afghanistan experienced as much democratic rule as over the past 18 years since the fall

  • Privatization of Security Can Derail US-Led Stabilization of Afghanistan0

    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, it

  • How America Can Win the Drug War in Afghanistan0

    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, the

  • Afghanistan: The Heart of Silk Road in Asia 0

    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 will

  • Economic Growth Can Help Afghanistan0

    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 mistakenly


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