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Kabul Conference (3): More plans and programs, but what has happened to the earlier ones?

posted: 20-07-2010 / by: Wazhma FroghThere are mixed feelings among Afghans on the eve of Kabul International Conference. Many people who are involved in convening the Conference, are extremely excited and proud that it's the FIRST international event being hosted and planned by the Afghan government during the past ten years. However, there are some other critics who continue with their cynicism that it's nothing more than just another conference on Afghanistan. However, we can only assess the impact and effectiveness after a while, when the promises in the conference are deceived or fulfilled. Time will tell.... but my cynicism stems from the past failures.In this week's editorial, Afghanistan’s 8 am national newspaper writes that the Kabul Conference is yet another hopeless theatre of empty promises of the government. The article continues that 11 months after the newly elected government, Afghanistan still does not have a complete and functional cabinet. Its own Minist…

The Progress of Women is the Progress of Afghanistan

TOLONews Monday, 19 July 2010
There is no doubt that the current war in Afghanistan needs a political non-military solution. Therefore, a reconciliation process that is built on national consensus is needed to gauge the support of an expanding insurgency. Likewise, the members of the NATO and international community, Afghans too are desperate for an end to the ongoing violence in their home. However, the larger question is the regional dynamics of the ongoing insurgency with a leadership that does not decide inside Afghanistan but is run from Quetta, and that alone speaks a lot about the nature of the insurgency in Afghanistan. This is also one of the main reasons for the skepticism on the government's Peace and Re-integration Program Plan that aims to focus on the fighters inside Afghanistan rather than regional level negotiations.
Many Afghan critics believe that the Reconciliation and Re-integration Plan that is predicated on a polarized comprehension of the insurgency, and chall…

Afghanistan's Politics should be local

Published by Foreign Policy/Afpak Channel ( A special project of Foreign Policy and the New American Foundation) on July 14, 2010
Despite only having recently taken over the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus has already come into conflict with Afghan President Hamid Karzai over the U.S. military program to equip and train local militias against the Taliban. While Karzai objects to the plan as possibly building "private militias" according to the Washington Post, the argument hints at Karzai's long-standing opposition to strengthening local institutions at the expense of the central government, despite consistent U.S. pressure to improve local governance. But despite these objections, increased support for provincial and local government is necessary if the United States wants to bring stability to Afghanistan.
For the last three decades, Afghans have not had a government that has enabled them to live conflict-free, and therefore have become accustomed to …