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    Conference on Archaeology and Cultural Heritage in Pakistan and Adjacent Regions

    – Abdul Waseh Ferozi, M. Nadir Rasooli, Rasool Bawari – Pakistan lies at the intersection of important historical and modern trade and exchange networks that link Afghanistan and Central Asia to the Indus Valley region and beyond to Peninsular India. The Indus valley and adjacent regions have also played an important role in maritime trade to the regions […]

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    ICPFA Conference – Istanbul, Turkey

    The first conference of the Islamic Cooperation for a Peaceful Future in Afghanistan project was held in Istanbul, Turkey from November 30 – December 2, 2011. The conference brought prominent senior scholars from the Islamic world and 120 members of Afghan religious and civil society together to explore vital themes of peace for the future of Afghanistan. […]

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    Great Games? Afghan History through Afghan Eyes

    -An International Conference of the UCLA Program on Central Asia Charles E. Young Research Library Building, Los Angeles, CA- The year 2011 marks the eightieth anniversary of the death of Fayz Muhammad Katib, often considered to have been the founder of modern Afghan history writing. Whether in the present day or in the Katib’s own period, […]

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    Rule of Law in Afghanistan

    -Boston, Massachusetts- One of the most significant defects of state building in Afghanistan has been its failure to achieve rule of law after almost a decade of effort. Despite intense efforts made by the international community to build the Afghan government’s capacity, the formal system of justice fails to meet the country’s needs. Indeed, the […]

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    Fundamentals of Governance in Afghanistan

    -Istanbul, Turkey- Afghanistan’s 2004 Constitution created a highly centralized government with a strong presidency. This model was endorsed by the international community on the grounds that Afghanistan needed a strong leader and that the previous governments in Afghanistan had employed such structures. Five years on, it is apparent that the Kabul government has been unable […]

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    Afghanistan’s Other Neighbors: Iran, Central Asia, and China

    -Istanbul, Turkey- Landlocked Afghanistan lies in the heart of Asia. It links three major cultural and geographic regions: the Indian subcontinent to the southeast, Central Asia to the north, and the Iranian Plateau in the west. Geography may not be destiny, but it has set the course of Afghan history for millennia. Even today Afghanistan […]

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    The Durand Line: History, Consequences and Future

    -Istanbul, Turkey- The demarcation of the frontier between British India and Afghanistan was made explicit by the Durand Agreement of 1893. Imposed over Afghan objections it divided the Pashtun tribes and gave the British control of those in what would become the Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP). From the very beginning the line caused controversy by […]

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    Lessons from the Places in Between

    -An Illustrated Presentation by Rory Stewart- Born in Hong Kong and educated at Eton and Balliol College Oxford, Rory Stewart figures in the grand British Empire tradition of stirring endeavour. At 33, he has been an officer in the Black Watch, a diplomat in Indonesia and the Balkans, a Coalition Deputy Governor in Iraq, and […]

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    New Perspectives on Nuristan: Culture, History, Politics, and Economy

    Argelaguer, Spain Nestled in wooded valleys of the Hindu Kush, Nuristan – “the Land of Light” – is Afghanistan’s newest and most remote province. It combines special history (the last pre-Muslim enclave in Central Asia, converted only in 1896) and current significance (a sometime hideout of militant Islamists, perhaps including Osama bin Laden). Between July […]

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    Afghanistan and Pakistan: Cultural Heritage and Current Reality

    -Istanbul, Turkey- Tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan are a source of concern to the two neighboring countries as well as to the entire Southwest Asia region and the United States. In May 2005, Afghan, Pakistani and American scholars met in Istanbul for discussions that helped to illuminate the basis of misunderstandings between the two neighboring […]

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