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Why Hazaras are in danger in Afghanistan: Expert opinion

This post has been updated with a revised opinion as at 21 May 2021. It is updated regularly to remain as current as possible.

In June 2020, a major cross-national study ranked some 163 states and territories according to their level of peacefulness. It concluded that ‘Afghanistan is the least peaceful country in the world, for the second year in a row’ (Global Peace Index 2020: Measuring Peace in a Complex World (Sydney: Institute for Economics & Peace, 2020) p.2).

In the opinion of a leading expert on Afghanistan, Professor William Maley of the Australian National University, the situation in Afghanistan remains extraordinarily fluid. “Given this fluidity, it is a serious mistake to conclude that Afghanistan is safe for Hazaras.”

This expert analysis by Professor Maley demonstrates why Afghanistan remains unsafe for Hazaras.

Emeritus Professor William Maley was Professor of Diplomacy at Australian National University from 2003 to 2021 and the foundation director of the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy (2003-14). He has published extensively on Afghan politics for over three decades. Professor Maley is also Vice President of the Refugee Council of Australia.

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