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Women and
Nation-Building

Cheryl Benard, Seth G. Jones,
Olga Oliker, Cathryn Quantic Thurston,
Brooke K. Stearns, Kristen Cordell

The research described in this report was sponsored by the Government of Qatar and was conducted under the auspices of the Center for Middle East Public Policy within the R AND National Security Research Division (NSRD). NSRD conducts research and analysis for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Unified Commands, the defense agencies, the Department of the Navy, the Marine Corps, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Intelligence Community, allied foreign governments, and foundations.

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Women and nation building / Cheryl Benard ... [et al.].
p. cm.
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 978-0-8330-4311-5 (pbk. : alk. paper)
1. Women in development—Afghanistan. 2. Nation-building—Afghanistan. 3. Women—Afghanistan—Economic conditions. 4. Women—Government policy. I. Benard, Cheryl, 1953–
HQ1240.5.A34W66 2008
226.30071'5—dc22
2007044221

Cover Photo courtesy of AP Photo/Ed Wray, Photographer
Police recruit Anis Gul, left, and Capt. Gul Jan, right, pose for a picture after Anis Gul signed up for police training Monday, Feb. 16, 2004 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Seven widowed Afghan women signed up for police training, which is being run by the U.S.

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