Foreign Affairs Examines International Presence in Afghanistan

November 30, 2010 — An article in Foreign Affairs examines the international presence in Afghanistan and “five binds” that have been difficult to escape. According to the authors, in order to succeed in Afghanistan, the international community must tackle corruption, make aid more effective, improve cooperation with the Afghan government, pursue a regional solution to the conflict, and commit to long-term reconstruction. The article references The Asia Foundation’s Afghanistan in 2010: A Survey of the Afghan People that just under half of Afghans believe their country is moving in the right direction. High levels of insecurity, corruption, poor government, and unemployment are cited as the main reasons for pessimism. Read the full article: “The Binds That Tie Us.”

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