The Afghanistan Affairs Unit (AAU) is an independent, non-profit organization for research, analysis, education, policy dialogues, diplomacy, peace and security studies. The organization provides critical analysis and evaluation of public policy and undertakes research that can lead to peace and stability in Afghanistan. AAU was established in 2017 in Kabul and has affiliation with regional and global research institutes. The AAU is formed by a group of experts with specialization in policy analysis, conflict management, peace-building, political processes i.e. democracy and elections, diplomacy and fact-finding.
AAU envisions to be a leader in policy analysis and knowledge production contributing to informed strategic and policy level decision making in Afghanistan
AAU’s mission is to produce knowledge and information through conducting research in the field of peace and security, diplomacy, governance, and democracy offer real-time analysis of affairs and develop capacities for producing indigenous leaders.
In order to achieve its goal, the AAU engages in following core areas:
- Research and Analysis
Conducting independent research is one of the priorities. AAU’s primary focus area is research and analysis in the field of peace, security, diplomacy and governance Affairs in Afghanistan and the region. It also closely monitors the global affairs that directly influences the lives of Afghans and offers perspectives vis a vis the emerging dynamics. The real aim in researching these matters is to reveal local realities and perspectives, analyze them and offer direction to the relevant stakeholders including but not limited to Afghan Government, the international community, development organizations, think-tanks, national and international media, and news agencies. The research products are shared as extensive reports, analysis and regular policy briefings or informative and reflective pieces. The research work of AAU aims to generate knowledge and come up with recommendation so that policymakers and other relevant stakeholders are able to make appropriate interventions and change the status quo for the better.
- Capacity Building
The second important area that AAU will focus on is building Afghan capacities and educating society. The target audience of capacity building and training programs are those who are or would like to engage in the peace process, diplomatic assignments, survey, and research related areas. AAU also organizes conferences, workshops, seminars and briefings with national and international experts on different political, social and other important issues at national, regional and international levels that directly or indirectly influence political and social dynamics in Afghanistan.
- Publications and Special Reporting
AAU puts out special publications and reports that provide a thorough analysis of events occurring in Afghanistan and the region.
- Review of the day is a daily publication of AAU. The concise publication succinctly provides a gist of days important issues.
- AAU Biweekly Analysis is a publication designed to facilitate analysis of timely events in Afghanistan and the region and to serve as a vehicle for sharing research results and analyses.
- Special Reports consist of in-depth analyses covering a wide range of topics and serving as a vehicle for providing summaries of roundtables, workshops, and conferences, along with associated papers.
- Moreover, AAU’s website provides a timely, concise, and comprehensive source of information and analysis on key issues in Afghanistan and the region. The website publishes the opinion of Afghan experts and analysts on the issues that affect Afghanistan.
- Events and initiatives
AAU hosts conferences, meetings, roundtables, discussions, debates, seminars, and workshops on issues earlier outlined. These events create debates and offer opportunities for different interested individuals and groups have their views conveyed through publications to the decision makers.
For the purpose of achieving its vision and mission, AAU focuses on a range of activities including:
- Convening conferences, meetings, roundtables, discussions, debates, seminars, and workshops where governmental officials, MPs, civil society activists, young leaders and analysts come together with AAU members to discuss and debate major national, regional and international issues;
- Conducting research and surveys
- Providing analysis on regular basis on different matters
- Publication and Reports
- Coming up with policy papers and policy briefings as well as position papers
- Provision of fact-checking and fact-findings services
- Organizing and providing multi-disciplinary short and long-term training and education programs
- Partnering with national and international organizations who also work for educating people and promoting culture of peace and social cohesion.
- Providing opinion and analytical pieces on hot political, security and diplomatic issues.
- Board of directors as the highest decision-making body
- Executive/administrative board includes Executive Director, Deputy Executive Director, Finance/Admin director
- Academic and professional Departments
- Administrative staff