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What to Do in Afghanistan?

Main Image Credit Taliban insurgents turn themselves in to Afghan National Security Forces at a forward operating base in Puza-i-Eshan in 2010. Courtesy of ISAF Public Affairs

Donors are caught in a bind in Afghanistan. But it is a bind that ties.

The West and its Afghan partners have made an extraordinary commitment to stabilising Afghanistan since 2001. Some 3,500 NATO soldiers have been killed and $1 trillion expended on military operations, building up the Afghan security forces and development assistance. More than 200,000 Afghans have been killed, including 60,000 members of the police and army. The problem from the outset is that the West lacked a strategy – a carefully integrated approach for Afghanistan which

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