How Afghanistan’s Money Exchangers Have Worked Around the Taliban


Dr. Nafay Choudhury 

A year after the Taliban took power, Afghanistan’s money exchangers are being squeezed by economic turmoil and harsh rules implemented by the new regime. But while their market has certainly seen better days, the 400 exchangers hustling in Kabul’s central exchange show no signs of letting up. Each day, they continue to churn a wide range of financial se

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Knowledge, attitudes, practice of people toward the COVID-19 pandemics, and its impact in Afghanistan


By Khwaja Mir Islam Saeed, Narges Neyazi and Khushal Nabizada

COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the social and economic norms. Knowledge, Attitude and Practices studies are used to address the information gap for further strategic decision making to control the pandemic. This study aimed to find the level of Knowle

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The lionesses of Kabul & Tehran in Khorasan


By Dr. Davood Moradian

Just days after the Taliban’s occupation of Herat in August last year, a group of Herati women gathered outside the governor’s office, chanting, “do not be afraid, we are all together.”

The slogan is a famous one among Iranian demonstrators in recent years.

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Why Did Secretary Austin Receive Pakistan's Military Leader With Full Honors?


By Dr. Michael Rubin

Earlier today, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, chief of staff of the Pakistani Army, visited the Pentagon. Secretaries of defense regularly receive senior foreign defense officials, but not every visit is the same. When Ben Wallace, the United Kingdom’s secretary for defense, visited the Pentagon earlier this year, he received full honors. Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov like

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Why Do People in Afghanistan Object to Taliban Rule?


Co-Authored By Zalmai Nishat

When the Taliban first seized power of Afghanistan in the 1990s, there was a mass exodus from the country while among those who stayed, many put up a fierce resistance. The Taliban’s return 25 years on has forced millions to

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