Monthly Archives: January 2011

Peace is too important to fake

On 25 to 27 January 2011 ASDHA of Barcelona brought Afghan government and civil society representatives together with international analysts to debate whether there should be negotiations with the Taliban Movement.

For a few moments confusion reigned as silent protesters pushed their way to the front of a Barcelona conference hall where an

Parliamentary elections and political responsibility

The crisis over the parliamentary election results has arisen from failure of national policy making. But Afghanistan requires a functional parliament, as this is the one elected national body through which Afghans of all communities can participate in the political process.  If there ever is a deal to end the Afghan conflict, parliamentary backing will be important in making it stick. But a parliament whose own credentials are dubious can neither confer legitimacy to peace deals nor conduct its routine business of