Tag Archives: Afghanistan

How the World Bank Mismanaged the Reconstruction of Afghanistan

Vast inflows of donor cash, intended to bring about reconstruction, may instead have added significantly to Afghanistan’s corruption problems.

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The Afghan Quagmire: Corruption Persists

Corruption and the lack of the rule of law is a fundamental cause of the Afghan debacle.

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The Illusion of Strategy in Afghanistan: No Change in Pakistan’s Malice

Pakistan’s machinations and America’s past delusions pose obstacles to a successful strategic outcome for the war In Afghanistan.

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The US and Iran: Between Obsession and Forgetfulness

The Trump Administration’s obsession with the Iran nuclear deal cannot obscure the U.S. role in strengthening Iran.

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Ending Pakistan’s Export of Jihadists: The Key to Win in Afghanistan

A policy to win in Afghanistan requires undermining the Taliban’s strategic base – the external support and sanctuary that Pakistan continues to provide.

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Trump’s “New” Strategy in Afghanistan Is Doomed To Fail

After 16 years of fighting, dispatching an additional force of 4,000 soldiers will not change anything.

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Afghanistan: A Morally Corrupting War

There is no military solution to the war in Afghanistan. The solution to the debacle lies with the Afghan tribes.

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Deadly Farming: Afghanistan’s Opium Acres

The area under cultivation is approaching the size of the smallest U.S. state.

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Afghanistan’s Opium: No End in Sight

Despite U.S. elimination efforts since the 2001 invasion, production of the drug crop is much higher.

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The Taliban’s Cash Crop

Opium is an ever-larger source of funds and legitimacy for the once anti-drug Afghan insurgency.

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