PROFILE

INTRODUCTION 

The Strategic Center for International Relations (SCIR) is a private research-based think tank which is independent of any political ideology, religion, class or gender bias, working in the fields of international relations, leadership building, peace, the economy, the energy crisis, terrorism and climate change. SCIR also focuses on the emerging modern Afghan State’s institutional challenges and provides fact-based pragmatic solutions. We are prepared for leadership in public and international affairs. We want inclusive cooperation and interconnectedness with both the regional and international communities on the basis of shared interests and goals.

GENERAL GOALS

The Strategic Center for International Relations strongly believes in the fact-based study for national, regional and international policy matters. SCIR conducts research on different legislative issues and provides suggestions and guidance to the public departments. The regular scrutiny and review of all data analysis to ensure validity is our primary goal. Quality, transparency, objectivity and innovation are our core values. We involve the government, civil society and the private sector in open debate on the most significant issues in international affairs. We also arrange regular conferences, workshops and roundtable discussions with different national and international stakeholders. Stability and development are not the default conditions, but the result of sound policies and more stable operative institutions. SCIR’s ambition is to build a strong foundation of a research tradition for the first time in the history of Afghanistan meeting modern standard global requirements. We promote multiculturalism, diversity and indigenous progressive cultural values in Afghan society.

MISSION STATEMENT

SCIR researches and analyzes Afghan policies in the fields of diplomacy, security and economic cooperation vis-à-vis regional and international powers. With a motto of “Afghanistan—an Intellectual Hub of Asia’’—the Center seeks to associate academic research on Afghanistan through policy debate with credible data and information as it engages with Asia and rest of the world on the basis of inclusive argument and a rational epistemology. The SCIR aims to promote an open dialogue on the reconciliation process among different political stakeholders for a long-term and sustainable peace in Afghan society. Afghanistan, at the crossroads of Asia, has been stifled in its economic and political development as a result of its critical geostrategic position wherein both global and regional powers have made it a zone of conflicting interests and ideologies. SCIR advocates that Afghanistan transition from being a battleground for proxies into a secure cooperative economic trade hub at peace with all regional and international powers. SCIR rejects all forms of prejudicial behavior whether based on race, religion, gender, social background or peaceful political orientation, while strongly supporting international cooperation with a regional South and Central Asian focus.

HISTORY

The idea to establish the Strategic Center for International Relations was originally initiated through discussions in April, 2014, among a group of young educated friends in Kabul. After long discussions and consultation, Khan Wali Khan Basharmal took the step to establish SCIR and started work in October, 2015. The core theme of the initiative is to revive the glorious progressive intellectual legacy of Central and South Asia, with a main focus on the Afghan Nation.

OUR MOTTO

Afghanistan must be the intellectual hub of Asia.

OUR INSPIRATION

There are many voices of counsel, but few voices of vision.

(Woodrow Wilson, 1917)

RESEARCH TOPICS

INTERNAL FOCUS

The Economy, Minerals, Water, Agriculture, Governance, Electoral Reforms, the Constitution, Education, Internal Security, Internal Social Movements, Internal Energy, Islamic Insurgency, Reconciliation process, Afghan Refugees, Urbanization in Afghanistan, Question of Nomads, Land Reforms, Cold War impact on Afghanistan, Challenge of narco-economy, Women’s Rights struggle in Afghanistan, Gender Inequality, Food Security Challenge, Local Government, Ethnic Fault Lines, Corruption, Poverty, and Health.

REGIONAL FOCUS

Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India natural gas pipeline (TAPI), China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan-Afghanistan and Pakistan 1000 Megawatt Electricity Agreement (KASA), Chabahar Port, Regional Movements, Question of Identity, Regional Integration through Silk Road, Sectarian Polarization, Baloch Question, Pashtun Question, Kurdish Question, FATA, Middle East, Central Asia and South Asia

INTERNATIONAL FOCUS

RELIGIOUS FUNDAMENTALISM

Global Meltdown of the Economy, Refugee Crisis, Climate Change, Neo-Liberalism, Cyber Security, Nuclear Proliferation and Terrorism.

VISION

To build in the future an Afghan Leadership Academy (ALA) where, along with Afghans, the South Asian, Central Asian, Middle Eastern and African youths will be taught the leadership art of politics. ALA will provide an open environment conducive to the exchange of knowledge, views and innovative ideas among students, faculty, staff and visiting scholars from all over the world, with diverse backgrounds and outstanding teaching and research achievements.

PUBLICATION

The Strategic Center for International Relations publishes a quarterly research journal, in which SCIR research fellows contribute their research papers and analytical views related to local, regional and international issues.

AFGHAN TRIBUNE

The Afghan Tribune is an online analytical website under the SCIR team, which focuses on politics, the economy and culture of Afghan society. The Afghan Tribune provides a fast response to the current affairs of local, regional and global top stories in the form of analytical, fact-based journalism. The policy of the website is to promote rational discourse on democracy, human rights, and the political economy. It also seeks an open dialogue among all progressive democratic forces about fundamentalism, poverty, governance, trade, culture, democracy and regional integration. The Afghan Tribune supports all the democratic voices for more tolerant values in the region. The Afghan Tribune also favors all of those analyses which suggest more pragmatic solutions to the challenges faced by the region.

LECTURE SERIES DISCOURSE

Lecture Series Discourse (LSD) is an ongoing bimonthly activity of SCIR, which brings together government officials, civil society, academicians, youths, politicians, journalists and international rights groups to discuss Afghan politics and cultural interests with a broader regional and international paradigm. Lecture Series Discourse will gradually play a substantial role in the capacity building of political and social education of the Afghan youth and politicians.

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