Why Prince William should carve out a new role for himself as peacemaker. As the recent focus on the growing death toll in Afghanistan brings into sharp relief, the best way to honour those affected by the disfigurement, maiming and killing which accompanies all wars, is not to glamorise those who do it.
The military strategy of trying to win ‘hearts and minds’ in Afghanistan by building schools and health clinics is failing to address the root causes of violence in the country, a report by a group of European and Canadian aid agencies says.
A Royal security expert says Prince Harry's attempt to serve with British forces in Afghanistan has handed a propaganda coup to radical anti-Western groups who will portray him as going from shooting grouse to shooting Muslims.
The year has not begun well for Afghanistan, with suicide bombings, fears of a deteriorating security situation and reports of an increased presence by Taliban forces throughout the country, say church-based relief agencies.
On the eve of Remembrance Sunday, Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams described the Western-backed wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as a tragic mess which failed to conform to the principles of 'just war' theory and brought great suffering.
While the global news agenda has moved on, UK-based development agency Christian Aid is asking people not to forget the ongoing victims of the tragic South Asia earthquake two years ago - and has pledged to continue its material support.
European governments - and particularly the UK government - should encourage peace talks between the Afghan government and insurgency groups such as the Taliban to find a way out of the current stalemate, according to Christian Aid.