"Peace and reconciliation" is the phrase routinely trotted out by almost all actors in Afghanistan when asked what the end
The first pre-requisite for any genuine Afghan peace process is reshaping the surrender-narrative. The term 'peace' itself must be reclaimed so that it is no longer viewed with suspicion or equated to surrender and weakness. Those who are hostile to it become comfortable with it.
Ask anyone working in Afghanistan why peace is still elusive and the answers are predictable. Some will blame Pakistan for
The Taliban will not be defeated militarily. This is an unfortunate reality, but a reality it is. It does not mean that Afghanistan is 'lost'. It means that 'winning the war' can no longer be the guiding principle for policymakers. The collective commitment must now be 'winning the peace'.
13th is a documentary film produced by Filmmaker Ava DuVernay, exploring the history of racial inequality in the US, that
I adopted the kneeling position for accuracy, slowed down my breathing, did a quick estimate of distance, the wind, and adjusted my rifle aim accordingly. I then put a small amount of pressure on the trigger
My definition of what it is to be a man no longer contains the words warrior, veteran, or survivor. For me, becoming a man again was about accepting that I was in danger. In danger of drowning in my own darkness.
Sending people back to a conflict zone should not be up for sale. 2015 recorded the highest number of Afghans fleeing their country since the US-led military intervention of 2001. This latest deal threatens to push back thousands of men, women and children into harm's way, forcibly returning them en masse to a country still in the grip of conflict.
The narrative of the "War on Terror" was crafted through the stories of self, of us and of now, creating a sense of urgency after a crisis, which in our case is the atrocity of 9/11 and provoking us to take action manifested in the "War on terror" by capitalising on our emotions of anger, frustration and despair.
Seeing the impact of violence first-hand on that 2011 embedded tour to Camp Bastion - the mutilated bodies of children and the countless amputations - I returned to Afghanistan in December to better understand how that country's epidemic of violence is impacting on the psyche of its citizens.