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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Failed Relations Between Hamid Karzai and the United States: What Can We Learn?

Categories: Afghanistan,Foreign Affairs

http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/SR373-Failed-Relations-between-Hamid-Karzai-and-the-United-States.pdf

Traces the deterioration in U.S. relations with Karzai to specific U.S. actions and Karzai’s world view and experience.  From the United States Institute of Peace

 

Understanding Afghanistan’s 2014 Presidential Election: The Limits to Democracy in a Limited Access Order

Categories: Afghanistan,Democracy/Peace,Elections/Campaigns

http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/SR370-Understanding-Afghanistan%E2%80%99s-2014-Presidential-Election.pdf

Explores the limits of what can be expected from elections in a strife-torn country and how elections may even prove destabilizing.   From the United States Institute of Peace

 

 

Political Parties in Afghanistan

Categories: Afghanistan,Conflict Resolution,Democracy/Peace

http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/SR362-Political-Parties-in-Afghanistan.pdf

Assesses the contribution of political parties to date in the Afghan transition toward democracy.  From the United States Institute of Peace

 

Neutrality in Afghanistan’s Foreign Policy

Categories: Afghanistan,Conflict Resolution,Democracy/Peace,History

http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/SR360-Neutrality-in-Afghanistan%27s-Foreign-Policy.pdf

The withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Afghanistan makes the country an area of competition for influence from neighboring countries.  This report examines the history of Afghanistan’s neutrality as a first step toward diplomatic solutions for conflict in the country.  From the United States Institute of Peace

 

Islamic Law, Customary Law, and Afghan Informal Justice

Categories: Afghanistan,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics,Women

http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/SR363-Islamic-Law-CustomaryLaw-and-Afghan-Informal-Justice.pdf

Examines the points of tension and agreement between Islamic law and customary tribal laws to suggest a way forward for Afghanistan, particularly in granting greater rights to women.

From the United States Institute of Peace

 

Afghanistan: Annual Report 2014: Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict

Categories: Afghanistan,Births/Deaths,Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,United Nations

http://unama.unmissions.org/Portals/UNAMA/human%20rights/2015/2014-Annual-Report-on-Protection-of-Civilians-Final.pdf

Reports a 25% increase in civilian deaths in the Afghan conflict in 2014.  Blames increasing civilian toll on intensified combat, roadside bombs, and suicide bombings. From the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan

 

Quarterly Report of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

Categories: Afghanistan,Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Govt Secrecy

http://www.fas.org/man/eprint/sigar-2015-01.pdf

Provides a summary of SIGAR’s oversight work and an update on developments in the three major sectors of Afghanistan’s reconstruction effort.  Posted by the Federation of American Scientists which also reported that much of the information about training and equipping the Afghan security forces, disclosed in previous reports, has now been classified by order of the Commanding General, John Campbell.  Appendix E shows 31 questions whose answers have been classified and Appendix F contains Campbell’s explanation.

 

Afghanistan’s Emerging Mining Oligarchy

Categories: Afghanistan,Geology/Mining

http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/SR358-Afghanistan-s-Emerging-Mining-Oligarchy.pdf

Describes the potential mineral riches within Afghanistan and the potential for corruption in their exploitation during a period of civil turmoil.  From the United States Institute of Peace

 

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