Building Peace and Connectivity through Research and Dialogue

Research

The Heart of Asia Society focuses on independent research as a main tool to create knowledge and promote understanding. Our in-house research capacity, consisting of experienced Afghan and expatriate researchers, covers a range of key disciplines.

Using our in-house research capacity and, where necessary, drawing on partners from within and outside Afghanistan, we can:

– Carry out in-house or commissioned cross-disciplinary research and studies on topics of relevance to the goals of the Society;
– Participate in nationwide, regional and international academic initiatives with a focus on Afghanistan and the region;
– Organise academic debates, seminars and academic conferences involving scholars from the relevant countries;
– Host visiting scholars and researchers from partner thinktanks and academic institutions in the region globally;
– Produce, with support from other relevant entities, an inventory of independent academic and research institutions across the region;
– Promote contact, affiliations and exchange programmes with regional and international thinktanks; and
– Publish academic papers, reports and books.

Afghanistan Media: A Tragic End to the Golden Era

Afghanistan Media: A Tragic End to the Golden Era

You can access the full report in pdf here.   Press freedom and an ever-increasing number of private media outlets were among the most significant gains of post-2001 Afghanistan. It
Analysis: Taliban reverses its pledge on girls’ education. Afghan Girls and families are devastated.

Analysis: Taliban reverses its pledge on girls’ education. Afghan Girls and families are devastated.

Download the full report in pdf here.   Abrupt reversal On March 21, the Taliban announced that Afghan girls of all ages would be able to attend the new school
Analysis: Taliban Search Operation in Kabul and Beyond the Capital 

Analysis: Taliban Search Operation in Kabul and Beyond the Capital 

Download the full report here.   The Taliban search and clear operation in Kabul and some provinces in the north and east was modestly successful in realizing the stated Taliban
Afghanistan Financial Sector: Uncertainty and Challenges

Afghanistan Financial Sector: Uncertainty and Challenges

Written by: Syed Ishaq Alavi* Download the report   Overview Afghanistan’s banking sector remains highly stressed amid a crippling liquidity crisis and a deteriorating economic condition. The protracted systemic bank
APPLYING LESSONS LEARNED TO PEACE NEGOTIATIONS 2021

APPLYING LESSONS LEARNED TO PEACE NEGOTIATIONS 2021

The Heart of Asia Society (HAS) released the “Lessons Learned from the Past Intra-Afghan Peace Negotiations of 1980s and 1990s” paper on April 17, 2021. In this paper, HAS examined
Policy Briefs on Public Financial Management

Policy Briefs on Public Financial Management

Afghanistan has made substantial progress in building a Public Financial Management system since 2002. Fiscal capacity has improved over the last two decades raising domestic revenue from an estimated USD
HAS Research Paper on Lessons Learned from Past Peace Efforts Released

HAS Research Paper on Lessons Learned from Past Peace Efforts Released

The future of Afghanistan is at an inflection point - Afghans on different sides of the conflict whether as fighters or negotiators - should reflect carefully on their next steps.
Edited Volume:  In Search of Peace for Afghanistan – A Collection of Essays

Edited Volume: In Search of Peace for Afghanistan – A Collection of Essays

Title: In Search of Peace for Afghanistan Subtitle: Historical Letters of President Najibullah and Dr. M. Hassan Kakar A Collection of Essays Edit and Foreword: Edited by Jawan Shir Rasikh
HAS New Research Paper:  Taliban Prisoners’ Release and Reintegration – A Pilot Study

HAS New Research Paper: Taliban Prisoners’ Release and Reintegration – A Pilot Study

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This paper presents the findings of a pilot study conducted by the Heart of Asia Society investigating aspects of the social and economic reintegration of the Taliban prisoners
POLICY ALTERNATIVE SERIES:  Regional Dimensions of the Afghan Peace

POLICY ALTERNATIVE SERIES: Regional Dimensions of the Afghan Peace

The war in Afghanistan has complex regional and international dimensions. In the last four decades, the country has suffered external interferences and proxy wars that have led to perpetual instability