During the 90s, a country ravaged by civil war saw businesses routinely destroyed and capital fleeing the country. "[In the 1990s] you had a country that was backwards, no infrastructure, a government living by the Quran with no clear legal entity," says Raffaello Pantucci, senior associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) security thinktank. "If you're an international country trying to engage with that it was pretty difficult. That's why you didn't see this level of engagement [from the Taliban]."
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