Afghanistan

President Ghani’s trip to Washington this week is like pressing the reset button for Afghan-American ties. While the Obama administration is satisfied so far with his early performance, he faces an uphill battle at home.

Read the full Deutsche Welle article For Ghani wooing Washington is the easy part of his job

Apr 01, 2015
Barnett Rubin
Afghanistan

President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan is proposing to improve Afghanistan’s contentious relations with Pakistan in the hope of paving the way toward both peace with the Taliban and regional economic cooperation.

Mar 18, 2015
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan

CIC Associate Director Barnett Rubin and Transatlantic Fellow with the German Marshall Fund Andrew Small assess Beijing’s role in improving the historically tense relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Mar 09, 2015
Barnett Rubin
Afghanistan

CIC Associate Director, Barnett Rubin, recently shared his thoughts with The New York Times on China’s growing engagement with Afghan politics.

Feb 20, 2015
Barnett Rubin
China, South Asia, Afghanistan

Barnett Rubin acknowledges that Afghanistan is marred by ethnic conflicts, corruption, and poverty. But the former senior adviser to President Barack Obama’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (Richard Holbrooke) says there are still signs of significant progress since the Taliban government was overthrown in 2001.

Nov 19, 2014
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan

CIC Director Dr. Barnett Rubin spoke at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, with an eye toward Canadian involvement in the NATO mission in Afghanistan. With the end of that operation in December 2014, what will become of that country, in which Canada and its NATO allies have invested so much? Dr. Rubin presents his analysis, based on decades of first-hand experience in a lecture and discussion available below.

What Will Happen to Afghanistan After the NATO Forces Leave?

Nov 27, 2014
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s recent presidential elections have resulted in a historic undertaking: the country will reform its constitution in the next two years. To assist the process, CIC is sharing research papers commissioned during the previous drafting process in 2002. Here, CIC Director Barnett Rubin and Research Associate Said Sabir Ibrahimi explain the history and resources available on the : Afghanistan Constitutional Reform Resources Webpage.

Oct 28, 2014
South Asia, Afghanistan

The absence of effective oversight and control of private security providers (PSPs) employed by the international community undermines the credibility and effectiveness of the Afghan government, the international military and diplomatic presence, and reconstruction organizations.

Read the full Breifing Paper The Public Cost of Private Security in Afghanistan

Sep 07, 2009
Jake Sherman, Victoria DiDomenico
South Asia, Afghanistan

CIC Director Dr. Barnett Rubin gave a lecture to students at Peking University on Monday, October 27th. In his talk, he explores the ways that cooperation in Afghanistan can positively contribute to the overall US-China relationship. He also highlights examples of where that cooperation is already taking place and proposes a number of areas that might be particularly fruitful for collaboration in the future.

Read the full lecture: Are China and the United States Rivals or Partners in Afghanistan?

Oct 27, 2014
China, South Asia, Afghanistan

Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai was inaugurated as president of Afghanistan on Sept. 29, 2014, after a three-month-long dispute over the outcome of the June 14 runoff election. A Sept. 21 agreement between Ghani and runner-up Abdullah Abdullah provided for the establishment of a national unity government and created a new position: chief executive officer, held by Abdullah. It also contained long-term provisions to allow for permanently establishing the office of executive prime minister, institutionalizing the role created for Abdullah by decree.

Oct 20, 2014
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan