Also by Helena Malikyar
March 15, 2011
Waiting To Exhale In Kabul
March 08, 2011
Don't Let The World Forget Its Promises To Afghan Women
March 08, 2010
For Afghan Women, Some Hard-Won Successes And An Ongoing Struggle
After the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, a new wave of NGOs entered the fray to champion the cause of the downtrodden Afghan woman. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, it is apt to consider what progress has been made, and what challenges continue to hinder the efforts of well-intentioned parties.
November 18, 2009
From Words To Deeds
The international community must act swiftly to impose itself as an equal stakeholder and partner in tackling corruption in Afghanistan. It must come up with intelligent strategies, accompanied by clear benchmarks and mechanisms to monitor those benchmarks every step of the way.
November 03, 2009
Karzai's Victory And The Opportunities Lost
What has transpired in Afghanistan begs a key question. In a situation where popular support for the war and reconstruction aid is already dwindling in most NATO member states, can support for the "necessary evil" of Hamid Karzai be maintained when the lives of NATO soldiers are at stake, and given the huge financial cost?
November 07, 2008
Time For A New Focus On Afghanistan
The tragic terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, were followed by a half-hearted and flawed U.S.-led international effort in Afghanistan. The ultimate result of this was a resurgence of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, creating a colossal problem that the United States can no longer ignore. The question facing the new president is therefore how to change U.S. policy to turn Afghanistan into a success.
October 15, 2008
Afghan Peace Talks Could Be Win-Win
Public dissatisfaction with both the Taliban and the Afghan government is on the rise, so peace talks could provide a welcome opportunity for each side. But the Afghan people will need to forge a consensus on the compromises that are required of them.