Building a New Afghanistan by Robert I. Rotberg

By Robert I. Rotberg

In the wake of the Taliban nightmare, Afghanistan needs to take on critical difficulties sooner than it may become a convinced, self sustaining state. defense during this battered country keeps to go to pot; suicide bombings, convoy ambushes, and rebel assaults are all too universal. potent country development will rely on putting off the nationwide protection concern and adorning the rule of thumb of legislations. This e-book bargains a blueprint for relocating the embattled state towards larger democracy and prosperity. Robert Rotberg and his colleagues argue that the long run luck of nation development in Afghanistan depends upon lessening its dependence on opium and embellishing its fiscal prestige. lots of Afghanistan's safety difficulties are relating to poppy becoming, opium and heroin creation, and drug trafficking. construction a brand new Afghanistan indicates arguable new choices to rapid eradication, that's silly and counter-productive. those strategies contain financial incentives for becoming wheat, a attainable neighborhood crop. better wheat construction might feed hungry Afghans whereas lowering narco-trafficking and the phobia that includes it. Integrating this land-locked kingdom into the principal Asia or larger Eurasia economic system may open up buying and selling partnerships with its northern and western pals in addition to with Pakistan, India, and doubtless China. constructing a feeling of universal goal between electorate would receive advantages the financial system and will support to unite the country. maybe most crucial, bolstering larger governance in Afghanistan is important with a purpose to do away with chaos and corruption and enact national reforms. clean and insightful, construction a brand new Afghanistan indicates what the country's management and the overseas neighborhood should still do to solve harmful matters and bolster a nonetheless fragile nation. participants contain Cindy Fazey (University of Liverpool), Ali Jalali (former minister of the internal, Afghanistan, and nationwide security University), Hekmat Karzai (Centre for clash and Peace experiences, Afghanistan, and Institute of protection and Strategic reviews, Singapore), Alistair J. McKechnie (World financial institution kingdom Director for Afghanistan), Paula Newburg (Skidmore College), and S. Frederick Starr (Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and college of complex overseas reviews, Johns Hopkins University).

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David Rohde, “Afghan Symbol for Change Becomes a Symbol of Failure,” New York Times (September 5, 2006). S. S. Report Finds Dismal Training of Afghan Police,” New York Times (December 4, 2006). S. contractors and “dysfunctional” efforts by the Afghan ministry of the interior for policing inadequacies. Corruption was another factor. Lt. Gen. S. forces in Afghanistan, said that “corrupt police . . ” Quoted in Lyse Doucet, “Afghanistan: A Job Half Done,” BBC News (December 4, 2006). 25. See also Barnett R.

The unprecedented involvement of the international community in rebuilding the country raised the expectations of people who massively participated in a high-profile political process and voted for an elected government. However, the vote hardly brought significant changes in their lives. One reason was that the political benchmarks set by the Bonn agreement were not fully sequenced with other development programs and building capacities. The Afghan government met the deadlines set for the establishment of democratic political institutions such as adopting an enlightened constitution (January 2004), holding a successful presidential election (October 2004), and parliamentary elections (September 2005).

02-7569-0 02 1/16/07 2 11:29 AM Page 22 The Legacy of War and the Challenge of Peace Building Ali A. Jalali A fghanistan reappeared on the world center stage following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States. , were linked to Osama bin Laden’s worldwide terrorist network, al Qaeda, centered in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. However, none of those who committed the dreadful crime was an Afghan national nor was the violence inspired by Afghan politics. The tragic event that cost thousands of innocent lives and enormous material damage marked a new turn in the international war on terrorism and ushered in a new phase in the drawn-out civil strife in Afghanistan.

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