Trade, Aid, and a Self-Reliant Afghan Economy
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Trade, Aid, and a Self-Reliant Afghan Economy

At first glance, a chart depicting Afghanistan’s annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures since 2001 could be characterized as a...
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Do Cryptocurrencies Provide Opportunities for Terrorist Organizations?
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Do Cryptocurrencies Provide Opportunities for Terrorist Organizations?

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies were once considered as fantasy rather than a viable method of exchanging goods and services, but...
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Indo-Afghan Ties and the Prospect of Peace
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Indo-Afghan Ties and the Prospect of Peace

As one of several external stakeholders that have taken a keen interest in the affairs of Afghanistan, India ranks among...
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A Road to Everywhere: Afghanistan’s Role in the Belt and Road Initiative
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A Road to Everywhere: Afghanistan’s Role in the Belt and Road Initiative

Nearly seven years after it was first announced, China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) continues to endure a barrage of...
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Unlocking Afghanistan’s Resource Wealth: Three Obstacles for the Mining Sector
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Unlocking Afghanistan’s Resource Wealth: Three Obstacles for the Mining Sector

Throughout its history, Afghanistan’s most notable advantage has been its geographically strategic location. The country’s proximity to trade routes and...
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Eid Ceasefire Offers Cautious Optimism for Peace Process
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Eid Ceasefire Offers Cautious Optimism for Peace Process

After enduring a spate of violent attacks carried out by the Taliban over the past two months, Afghanistan received a...
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Terrorism or Testing: Will COVID-19 Reduce Counterterrorism Efforts?
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Terrorism or Testing: Will COVID-19 Reduce Counterterrorism Efforts?

In the wake of the global pandemic, concerns about public health dominate the political sphere, enough so that issues related...
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Drone Technology and Its Malicious Use by Terrorists
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Drone Technology and Its Malicious Use by Terrorists

Emerging technologies may offer recognised benefits, but they pose threats to national security also. A case in point are unmanned...
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Possible Consequences of the Israeli Unity Government’s Annexation Plan
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Possible Consequences of the Israeli Unity Government’s Annexation Plan

On May 18, Israel swore in a new unity government in which Benjamin Netanyahu will continue as Prime Minister until...
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Countering Extremism with Sports: A Look at Martial Arts
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Countering Extremism with Sports: A Look at Martial Arts

The inclusion of sporting elements in preventive measures and deradicalization programs has not been treated with sufficient academic rigour, but...
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Do Terrorist Attacks Directly Impact GDP and Income?
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Do Terrorist Attacks Directly Impact GDP and Income?

Editor’s Note: Rise to Peace Research Fellows are dedicated to studying all matters of violent extremism and productive ways to...
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The Continued Impact of Technology on Terrorism
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The Continued Impact of Technology on Terrorism

Technology has greatly evolved in the past decades to the point that it is fair to speak of a technological...
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Eradicating Illicit Crops: Lessons from South America for Afghanistan
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Eradicating Illicit Crops: Lessons from South America for Afghanistan

As the world’s largest producer of opium poppy, Afghanistan’s reliance on the cultivation of illicit crops is integral to understanding...
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Attacks on Education and Their Impact on Syrian Children
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Attacks on Education and Their Impact on Syrian Children

Education is a key pillar of development and an efficient investment in human capital of a state. As a result...
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Could US Retaliation for ISIL Strike Influence Afghan Peace Talks?
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Could US Retaliation for ISIL Strike Influence Afghan Peace Talks?

On April 9, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant -Khorasan Province (ISIL-KP) claimed responsibility for rocket strikes on...
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Disparate Positions Stall Afghan Peace Talks Yet Again
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Disparate Positions Stall Afghan Peace Talks Yet Again

Although the United States-Taliban agreement outlined the release of 5000 Taliban prisoners, the Ghani regime stalled the process before they...
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Afghan Negotiators Are Ready To Talk to the Taliban
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Afghan Negotiators Are Ready To Talk to the Taliban

The Afghan government finally released the list of negotiators that should discuss peace with the Taliban. Afghanistan has been drifting...
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Potential Risks and Rewards of the Impending Mass Taliban Prisoner Release
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Potential Risks and Rewards of the Impending Mass Taliban Prisoner Release

As a primary development arising from the United States-Taliban peace deal (now earmarked as the ‘Doha Deal’), on February 29,...
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US Cuts Aid to Afghanistan as Leaders Fail To Create a Unity Government
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US Cuts Aid to Afghanistan as Leaders Fail To Create a Unity Government

On March 23, United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an urgent trip to Kabul, Afghanistan in an effort...
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Far-Right Versus Islamist Extremism: Two Sides of the Same Coin
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Far-Right Versus Islamist Extremism: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Sonnenkrieg Division (SKD) is one of the many extremist far right groups that operate in the United Kingdom, but only...
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