The fall of Kunduz symbolized the increasing might and effectiveness of the Taliban in battling an Afghan army unit.
There is no indication that Canada is anywhere near reaching the original objective of consolidating the government’s authority and legitimacy.
The most recent report confirms that the overall impact of Canada’s Dahla Dam-related work is hard to measure.
Foreign aid must be focused on poverty reduction and development partners’ interests.
New evidence suggests Canada’s water-supply efforts failed Afghan farmers.
It didn’t work in Afghanistan or to bring about Arab-Israeli peace.
With the nation facing a momentous transition in 2014, the international community’s role must be to strengthen the Afghan policy community’s role in guiding the change.
NGOs often display the tendency to not co-ordinate efforts with the local authority, creating parallel processes instead and ignoring any locally owned reconstruction agenda.
The international community’s security, aid, and governance efforts have gone off the rails, argues Banerjee. Large gaps exist between reality and international policymakers’ claims.
I attended the Tokyo Conference on July 8, the ninth major international conference on Afghanistan since the Bonn conference in 2001, with several other smaller conferences dotting the 11 years.