31 Jul 2018

Afghanistan and the US share a relationship that dates back to the early 1920s. The relationship has been predicated upon providing advantage to the US - a situation that seems likely to continue into the future.


13 Feb 2018

In Afghanistan, China recognises several economic and strategic opportunities to advance its goals in the region and beyond, including the opportunity to acquire access to much of Afghanistan’s mineral wealth.


21 Dec 2017

This Office of Development Effectiveness evaluation examined the effectiveness, inclusiveness and efficiency of Australian electoral assistance to major national elections in eight countries between 2006 and 2016: Afghanistan, Myanmar, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji and Tonga.

Journal article

12 Apr 2017


On 28 August 2012, an Australian platoon of 24 soldiers travelled 23 kilometres north of Tarin Kowt to Wahab Patrol Base in Afghanistan to join an Afghan National Army (‘ANA’) outpost in Taliban territory. The mission was to engage in a 10...


1 Dec 2016


The Afghanistan: Lessons from Australia’s Whole-of-Government Mission Report , commissioned by the Department of Defence, in coordination with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australian Federal Police, outlines the strengths, good practices and challenges of Australia’s mission in Afghanistan...

Audio podcast

3 Nov 2016

For this episode of Sub Rosa, Kate Grealy interviewed Zabi Mazoori, who coordinates the Afghanistan project for Physicians for Human Rights’ International Forensic Program.

In 2001, he fled persecution by the Taliban and sought asylum in Australia. He returned to Afghanistan to pursue human...

Working paper

13 Jan 2016

This project explores the dynamic trajectories that ‘Hazara Afghan Australian Muslims’ take as they negotiate through their multiple sense of identities in each of these categories. The investigation into the lives of Hazara Australians raises important questions and provides some interesting results. More than anything...



31 Dec 2015

Australia has an addiction to going to war with its US alliance partner, ‘our great and powerful friend’, whatever the strategic and human consequences. Australia’s armed forces have been at war in operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria—and now unannounced at sea in the Yemeni civil...

Working paper

30 Oct 2015

Pakistan is a country much in focus today. This is not just because of the myriad challenges it confronts. It is also because of its immense potential. A nuclear armed nation, with an overwhelming Muslim majority population, it is often in the news, but, alas,...

Working paper

30 Oct 2015

In this essay I will concentrate on economics, my discipline and the one that I have practised not only in Pakistan but in four dozen countries around the world. However, I have learned from this experience that economics should not be separated from other social...


11 Jun 2015

This report presents the results of an assessment of reading, writing and mathematical literacy of Class 6 students in 13 provinces in Afghanistan in relation to the gender of students.


The purpose of the Monitoring Trends in Educational Growth of is...

Journal article

10 Apr 2015

This paper compares and contrasts the Australian Defence Force’s dealings with the media with those of two of Australia’s coalition allies in Afghanistan, the Dutch and the Canadian militaries who recast their relations with their media during the conflict and benefitted from the new arrangements....


24 Oct 2014

Examines China's policy options in Afghanistan once the NATO-led mission there comes to an end in December 2014.

Key findings

Beijing is unlikely to make any meaningful security commitment to Afghanistan. Instead China will continue to enhance its diplomatic and economic engagement...

Journal article

24 Jul 2014

This article argues that Australia’s military commitment to Afghanistan, while successful, suffered from a limited strategic vision that descended into restrictive campaign plans and ultimately a confusing and conflicting tactical application of the ADF’s own counterinsurgency doctrine.


After 12 years of...


20 Jun 2014

The UN refugee agency annual statistics show that more than 51 million people were forcibly displaced at the end of 2013, the largest number since the end of World War II. Half of the world's refugees in 2013 were children.

UNHCR's annual Global Trends...

Journal article

18 Feb 2014

Abstract: In Re Civilian Casualty Court Martial, disciplinary charges preferred against two Australian commandos accused of causing the deaths of five civilians during a night-time raid in Afghanistan were dismissed as being wrong in law. Despite the relevance of ‘war crimes’ under the Criminal...


5 Feb 2014

Presents various approaches for Australia to play a role in shaping Afghanistan’s future, both unilaterally and by working with other nations.

Summary: On 31 December 2014, Afghanistan will move from a UN-led period of ‘transition’ (2001–2014) to an Afghan-led and -owned ‘transformation decade’...


23 Jan 2014

Afghan women are saying they are terrified of the restrictions and abuse they will face in a post-2014 Afghanistan. They are warning that women's rights are being traded away in power-sharing negotiations between the Karzai Government, the Taleban and other groups. Hear their first-hand accounts...


1 Feb 2012

Since 9/11 and the beginning of the US-led occupation of Afghanistan on 7 October 2001, women’s position in Afghanistan has improved. Girls are attending schools, and women are participating in politics, entertainment and sports. For example, Fawzia Koofi became a member of the Afghan Parliament...

31 Oct 2011

It is time to bring our troops home, writes Scott MacInnes in The Drum Unleashed .


With the tragic death of three more Australian soldiers in Afghanistan, concerned citizens will be asking themselves whether the sacrifice of human lives...



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