Ahmad Shuja is a writer, blogger and analyst. He writes primarily about development, security, nation-building, policy, democratization and issues pertaining to the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. He is an assistant editor at Iran Times, a contributor to the Huffington Post, and maintains his personal blog. He has appeared on the BBC, Al-Jazeera English, FOX News, the Kojo Nnamdi Show, TOLO News, Voice of America and other outlets. His day job is with the the Foundation for Afghanistan, a DC- and Kabul-based nonprofit organization that works to build human capacity in Afghanistan. Ahmad tweets at @AhmadShuja
Former head of Afghanistan’s intelligence service, Amrullah Saleh, wrote an article on Bloomberg.com tacitly agreeing to the idea of negotiations with the Taliban and, rather curiously, calling for a truth commission as a way of reconciliation.
A former National Security Council member under both George W. Bush and President Obama, Douglas A. Ollivant, writes an op-ed in the Washington Post that is symptomatic of why the US is still not getting its longest war right and how Afghanistan is still misunderstood, even by high-level policymakers.
Local sources have confirmed to me that clashes have broken out in the Maidan-Wardak province of Afghanistan over grazing rights as Kuchi nomads begin their annual migration. In the past, these localized ethnic conflicts have had serious national -- and even international -- implications.