On the Return of Hazaras to Afghanistan

Prof. William Maley:

1. I have been asked to provide an expert opinion on the safety of return to Afghanistan for members of the Hazara minority. I am Professor of Diplomacy at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy at The Australian National University. I have published extensively on Afghan politics for over two decades, and am author of Rescuing Afghanistan (London: Hurst & Co., 2006); The Afghanistan Wars (London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002, 2009); and What is a Refugee? (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016). I have also written a study of The Foreign Policy of the Taliban (New York: Council on Foreign Relations, 2000); co-authored Regime Change in Afghanistan: Foreign Intervention and the Politics of Legitimacy (Boulder: Westview Press, 1991) and Political Order in Post-Communist Afghanistan (Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 1992); edited Fundamentalism Reborn? Afghanistan and the Taliban (New York: New York Univers ity Press, 1998, 2001); and co-edited The Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan (Cambridge: Cambridge University Pres s , 1989) and Reconstructing Afghanistan: Civil-military experiences in comparative perspective (New York: Routledge, 2015). I authored the entry on Hazaras in John L. Esposito (ed.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009) Vol.II, pp.385-386. I also wrote the annual overview of events in Afghanistan in 2011 for the journal Asian Survey: see William Maley, ‘Afghanistan in 2011: Positioning for an Uncertain Future’, Asian Survey, vol.52, no.1, January-February 2012, pp.88-99. I visited Afghanistan most recently in November 2015, and in April 2013 carried out interviews in western districts of the city (notably in the Dasht-e Barchi district, scene of violent attacks on 13 August 2010) in which members of the Hazara ethnic group are concentrated.

2. Western governments continue to paint a very grim picture of the dangers affecting those in Afghanistan. The Australian Department of Foreign …read more

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