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Advocating Hazara Cause and Recognition of Hazara Genocide: The lessons we could learn from Armenian US community

On 24th of April, 2021 the US president Joe Biden called Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish President, and informed him that US government would formally recognize and acknowledge the Armenian killings of 1915 - 23 by Ottoman Empire as genocide. The announcement came more than a century after the mass killings of Armenians by the Ottoman troops. According to the analysts, this declaration might open a new rift between the new...

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Why An Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan is a Harbinger of Chaos?

After only a short episode of optimistic brouhaha, the situation in Afghanistan seems to be getting realistic, and, therefore, obnoxious. The prognostications of a peace deal between Taliban and the representatives of a republic system in the country are now figments of imagination. Taliban, looking at the exhausted international troops withdrawing, appear to be overzealous about the victory that they may never win. However, they seem to be gaining grounds...

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Istanbul Conference: Is it worth it?

After more than 40 years of war in Afghanistan, there is hope in some quarters that the longest war for the country and the US will come to an end and peace will prevail. The reason for this hope comes from the Istanbul conference. The conference was to take place on April 14 but was postponed to April 24 and then on May 5th and now to a date in...

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State-building and Social Contract in Afghanistan

After almost 20 tough years, the United States has realized it needs to rethink the political structure in Afghanistan or the state as a whole since it has failed to preserve a social contract. Or, looking at the scenario, it would be appropriate to say it was never the intention to build the Afghan state on a social contract. Rather, it was formed through international intervention as an exogenous project,...

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US-led State-building in Afghanistan and Survival of the Warlords

Post 9/11 US-led state-building efforts in Afghanistan have not been able to strengthen political structure and resolve social issues, or they have never intended to do so. There is a possibility that these efforts were never directed to such a cause; rather, they were to give only an impression of state-building, while the US intervention in the country was to further the geo-political interests of the US in the region....

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US Taliban Deal: One Year On

Last year, on February 29th, the US signed a peace deal with the Taliban which was hailed as a success by some and a surrender, capitulation, and defeat by the critics. What did it achieve for the two sides and the region and the country as a whole? First, a few words about the deal itself, was it a deal in good faith and with a genuine protagonist? From the...

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Conversion to Islam: The process of Shi’ization of the Hazaras (part 1)

The question that how Hazaras embraced Islam have been controversial among the scholars of Hazara history and there are different scholars with different viewpoints on this matter, which may not lead us to a specific conclusion, or we can say that these assessments lead us to understand the historicity of Hazaras’ Shi-ization as part of a long historical evolution rather than a single historical event. Listen to Audio version of...