About us

Mission Statement

Afghan Analytica is an independent, non-partisan online platform created and managed by Afghan practitioners, academics and advocates. Its purpose is to provide independent analysis and commentary on key Afghanistan-related topics.

With the aim of promoting and enriching the discourse on Afghanistan, our platform offers relevant content directed at interested individuals, policy institutions, academia and the media amongst other sectors.

The Team

Afghan Analytica was founded in November 2012 by a group of professionals of Afghan origin working in the United States and Afghanistan. They constitute three teams: Editorial, Advisory and Outreach.

The Editorial team comprises two producers, three editors and one advisor. They manage content, editorial and technical aspects of the platform.

Submission of opinion and analysis articles to Afghan Analytica is open to the Team as well as outside contributors, especially those from Afghanistan, in accordance with Afghan Analytica’s Editorial and Submission Guidelines (see below).

The Advisory team comprises five to seven honorary members who provide advice and support for all Afghan Analytica activities.

The Outreach team drives advocacy, networking and public engagement for Afghan Analytica.


Afghan Analytica is funded by its founders. The Secretary/treasurer manages project finances. All Team members work on a volunteer basis.

Editorial and submission guidelines

1. Afghan Analytica is non-discriminatory regarding review, editing and publication processes.

2. Afghan Analytica reserves the right to edit or reject the publication of an article after review.

3. Articles shall be submitted “exclusively” to Afghan Analytica until it is returned to the contributor.

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name of the source and the writer.

5. The size of a submitted article should not exceed 900 words. Exceptions will be made for
specific topics or under special circumstances.

6. All articles submitted to Afghan Analytica shall be written in English and contain the
full name, email address, city/country of residence and telephone number (to be kept
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7. All articles will be published with the name of the writer. Publication of the
contributor’s affiliation/profession is optional; Full disclosure of any author
affiliation with entities relevant to article subjects is strongly encouraged.

8. Readers are invited to submit for review “letters to the editor” in reaction to any of
our content.

Nader Naderi on transition in 2014

Light News Bites

• Days before a planned visit by President Karzai to Islamabad, Afghan and Pakistani national soccer teams met for a match in Kabul—their first such contest in 37 years. A capacity crowd of around 7,000 filled the stadium amid heavy security. The Afghan side's 3-0 victory touched off a raucous street celebration, boosting Afghan national pride as foreign forces withdraw, international aid dries up and the Pakistani-backed insurgency keeps up its attacks. (WSJ)
At the sentencing hearing of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, Haji Mohammed Naim, 60, from the village where Bales killed 16 civilians in March 2012 testified: "That bastard stood right in front of me, I wanted to ask him: 'What did I do? What have I done to you?'" A jury will decide whether Bales will get life in prison or be eligible for parole. His guilty plea in June means Bales won't face the death penalty. (Newswires)
• On August 8th the Afghan Air Force (AAF) conducted its first independent air assault operation. In the past AAF helicopters were part of larger NATO air operations and under NATO command. Operating from Jalalabad airfield, over a dozen AAF helicopters (Mi-17 armed transports and Mi-35 gunships) worked with a brigade of Afghan infantry to clear two districts under the Taliban rule.. (Strategy Page)
• A music concert organized last week in Afghanistan’s central Bamyan province to mark International Youth Day drew an audience of thousands from all over the country. Masoud Hassanzada, singer for the rock band ‘Morcha’ said: “We perform rock music is a new way… but people understand our messages. The poetry we use is about the daily life of Afghans, social issues and politics.” He added: “I think no political process can be successful without cultural support.” (UNAMA)
• Afghan Attorney-General Muhammad Isaaq Aloko has kept his job despite a decision by an angry President Hamid Karzai to sack him over an unauthorized approach to the Taliban. Aleko denies the claim. (Reuters)