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Documents about Governance in Afghanistan

Constitution of Afghanistan (1883).  English version on Afghan Ministry of Justice website.

The Afghanistan Compact.  Developed at the London Conference in January 2006 provides a political framework between Afghanistan and the international community.  (PDF on NATO ISAF website).

Government of Afghanistan Documents.  A collection of documents relating to GoA by the International Peace Research Institute.

Publications on Governance in Afghanistan
(listed in chronological order by date)


Selber, Will. "A Familiar Struggle: Connecting Rural Afghans with Their Government", War on the Rocks, December 20, 2017. Selber, an Air Force Foreign Area Officer and former district advisor with SOTF-South in Kandahar province Afghanistan, reviews a book by Douglas Grindle, How We Won and Lost the War in Afghanistan: Two Years in the Pashtun Homeland (Potomac Books, 2017).


AREU, Subnational Governance in Afghanistan, Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, August 2016.

AREU, The role of Civil Society in Promoting Good Governance in Afghanistan, Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, August 2016.

AREU, Bringing the State Closer to the People: Deconcentrating Planning and Budgeting in Afghanistan, Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, August 2016.

UN, State of Afghan Cities 2015: Volume One, UN Habitat, March 2016. A 156-page long tract about local governance in Afghan cities and provincial capitals. The report highlights key issues including municipal governance, the urban economy, access to land and housing and the urban environment.

UN, State of Afghan Cities 2015: Volume Two, UN Habitat, March 2016. This 143-page report contains maps and data for all 34 Provincial Capitals of Afghanistan.

Ahmadi, Salima and Thomas Ruttig, New Building, Old MPs: A guide to the Afghan parliament, Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN), February 4, 2016.

Mukhopadhay, Dipali, Provincial Governors in Afghan Politics, United States Institute of Peace (USIP), January 8, 2016. This report describes subnational politics - specifically, provincial governorships - over the period of the Karzai regime - exploring the gaps between assumptions that drove belief in the possibility of a radically new and improved brand of governance and the realities on the ground.


Jackson, Ashley, Politics and Governance in Afghanistan: The case of Kandahar, Working Paper 34, Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU), June 2015.

Miller, Aaron W., MAJ US Army, "Inducing Cooperation: Building Governance in Afghanistan", Small Wars Journal, June 29, 2015.


Crisis Group, Afghanistan's Political Transition, International Crisis Group Asia Report No 260, October 16, 2014.
Accessed here.

Ruttig, Thomas and Ehsan Qaane. The Butter on the Bread: The Provincial Council's fight for extended authority, Afghanistan Analysts Network, March 23, 2014. Accessed here.


Katzman, Kenneth. Afghanistan: Politics, Elections, and Government Performance. Congressional Research Service, November 30, 2012.  Accessed here.

Andrew Reynolds and John Carey.  Fixing Afghanistan's Electoral System: Arguments and Options for Reform.  Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) briefing paper, July 2012. Accessed here on July 31, 2012.

Stefanie Nijssen.  Towards Sustainable Governance: Funding & Capacity, Afghanistan Resource Desk, Civil-Military Fusion Centre, February 2012.  Accessed here on March 24, 2012 (PDF).


Kenneth Katzman, Afghanistan: Post-Taliban Governance, Security, and U.S. Policy, Congressional Research Service, November 22, 2011.  Accessed here Feb 2012.

Jameson Boex, Grace Buencamino, and Deborah Kimble, An Assessment of Afghanistan's Municipal Governance Framework, Urban Institute, November 18, 2011.  Accessed here Feb 2012.

Scott Worden and Sylvana Q. Sinha, Constitutional Interpretation and the Continuing Crisis in Afghanistan, United States Institute of Peace, November 7, 2011.  Accessed here Feb 2012.

"Local Governance in Afghanistan: A View from the Ground".  Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU), Dr. Douglas Saltmarshe and Abhilash Medhi, June 2011. (PDF)

"Undermining representative governance: Afghanistan's 2010 Parliamentary Election and Its Alienating Impact", Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU), February 22, 2011.


"Local Governance in Rural Afghanistan".  Human Terrain System (HTS) Report,, October 26, 2010.

"Governance in Afghanistan: Looking Ahead to What We Leave Behind".  Center for American Progress, Colin Cookman and Caroline Wadhams, May 2010.  (PDF)

"Civil-Military Integration in Afghanistan".  Joshua W. Welle, Joint Forces Quarterly, Spring 2010.

"Governance in Afghanistan in Regional Perspective".  Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN), January 21, 2010.

"Municipal Governance in Afghanistan".  Volume II, International City/County Management Association (ICMA), 2010.


"Afghanistan: Post-Taliban Governance, Security, and U.S. Policy"  Kenneth Katzman, Congressional Research Service, July 20, 2009.  (PDF)

Beth Cole and Emily Hsu.  Guiding Principles for Stabilization and Reconstruction, United States Institute of Peace and United States Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, 2009.  Accessed here on on March 24, 2012 (PDF).


"Support to Provincial Governance (SPG)", International Organization for Migration (IOM), September 2008.  (PDF)


"Rethinking Governance in Afghanistan", Nigel J.R. Allan, Journal of International Affairs, Spring 2005.  (PDF)


"A Guide to Government in Afghanistan".  Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU), March 2004.

"A New Afghanistan: Challenges of Governance and the Rule of Law".  United States Institute of Peace, January 2004.





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