Building Peace and Connectivity through Research and Dialogue


The Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University is the premier research institution and archive on Afghanistan in the region, with the most extensive collection of primary resources available in print and digital formats. The mission of ACKU is to promote literacy, facilitate scholarly work, and provide academic research training through its archive, digital library, and outreach and research programs.

The Afghanistan Center at Kabul University was initially known as ACBAR Resource & Information Center (ARIC). The concept was envisioned by Louis Dupree and Nancy Hatch Dupree, two of the foremost experts on Afghanistan history and culture. After the death of Louis in 1989, Nancy continued to work for the protection of cultural heritage through ARIC and later ACKU with a motto of “nation building through information sharing.” ACKU’s current establishment inside Kabul University campus was made possible by an initial funding from the Afghan government in 2006 and was inaugurated by Ashraf Ghani on March 27, 2013.