How Effectively Have States, International Organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations Collaborated in the Pursuit of Post-Conflict Stabilization and Reconstruction Projects in Afghanistan Since the Removal of the

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Wk10 Q1: How effectively have states, international organizations and non-governmental organizations collaborated in the pursuit of post-conflict stabilization and reconstruction projects in Afghanistan since the removal of the Taliban from power by U.S.-led forces in 2001? Having literally spent four years of my life in the pursuit of stabilization and reconstruction projects while in the midst of an ongoing conflict in Afghanistan I honestly have mixed feelings about how effective we have been. I’ve seen both successes and failures, many quite dramatic. I do however disagree with the question in terms of ‘post-conflict’ efforts, since Afghanistan remains in the throes of conflict. They are post-Taliban as far as the Taliban being out of power, however the Taliban, as well as the Haqqani network and Hezb-e Islami (Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s group), still have a strong effect in areas of the country, as well as continuing their conflict. And according to CBS war correspondent Lara Logan Al Qaeda remains a significant threat (Fishel, 2012). Plus there are the myriad of local tribal conflicts and criminal groups that contribute to the conflict. And it has been covered previously several times, so I will not belabor the point other than to say that Afghanistan is yet another nation forged by British cartographers and politicians who mashed together a disparate group of tribes that have a long history of conflict. So getting them to recognize a national identity, which most of the populace literally doesn’t comprehend, is a daunting uphill challenge. In this weeks’ lecture notes we read that “the British created an artificial Afghan state based on geography rather than a common cultural identity” (Contemporary History of Conflict in Afghanistan, para 1). And as recent history shows us, the only cobbled together nations that have held together have done so only through heavy-handed regimes whether they are monarchies or dictators. Michael Hart writes that “the country’s...
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