Kabul Bankrupt? Verdict Portends Broad Consequences for Afghanistan

Kabul Bankrupt? Verdict Portends Broad Consequences for Afghanistan

Monday, March 11, 2013

Afghanistan sometimes seems like a suicidal cat: bent on self-destruction, but having nine lives. It almost lost a life when the Kabul Bank collapsed in spectacular fashion in September 2010. Even before the diplomatic dustups over the weekend between President Hamid Karzai and the NATO-led coalition during a visit to Afghanistan by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, last week’s verdict by the Special Tribunal established to prosecute those involved in the collapse looks like it might cost a...

Conflict Analysis & Prevention

Ceasefire, Peace Accords Rarely Address Sexual Violence

Ceasefire, Peace Accords Rarely Address Sexual Violence

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

By: Viola Gienger; Thomas Omestad; Liz Harper

The idea that sexual violence in wartime and its aftermath is avoidable is such a new concept that ceasefire and peace agreements almost never included any mention of it, according to speakers at USIP’s Missing Peace Symposium.

Gender

 Afghans Need Elections They Can Trust, Says Afghan Parliamentarian

Afghans Need Elections They Can Trust, Says Afghan Parliamentarian

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

By: Viola Gienger

“Trustable” presidential elections will be the linchpin for Afghanistan’s transition in the next two years, according to Fawzia Koofi, a member of Parliament and chairman of women’s affairs in the chamber. She told a USIP audience that Afghans feel burned by the lingering questions about the legitimacy of the last presidential elections in 2009.