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Authors on Asia: Aspirations and Ambivalence: Strategies and Realities of Counterinsurgency and State-Building in Afghanistan

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After more than a decade of great effort and sacrifice by America and its allies, the Taliban still has not been defeated, and many Afghans believe that a civil war is coming. Aspiration and Ambivalence analyzes the U.S. and international efforts in Afghanistan and offers detailed recommendations for dealing with the precarious situation leading up to the 2014 transition to Afghan control and beyond.

Author Vanda Felbab-Brown argues that allied efforts in Afghanistan have put far too little emphasis on good governance, concentrating too much on short-term military goals to the detriment of long-term peace and stability. The Western tendency to ally with bullies, warlords, smugglers and other shady characters in pursuit of short-term military advantage actually empowers the forces working against good governance and long-term political stability.

Rampant corruption and mafia rule thus persist, making it impossible for Afghans to believe in the institutional reforms and rule of law that are clearly necessary.

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Asia Society Texas Center
1370 Southmore Blvd.
Houston, TX 77004
http://asiasociety.org/texas/events/aspirations-and-ambivalence-strategies-and-realities-counterinsurgency-and-state-buildi

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