This new discussion paper by the Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN) discusses the challenges for transition and the cost of a hasty and unconditioned international withdrawal. It particularly focuses on security, economy, political framework, reconciliation, governance, human rights and regional politics. The report, which is a result of the collaboration of key AAN contributors, emphasizes that stabilizing and rebuilding Afghanistan is both complex and complicated: there are no quick fixes, and what seems to be a solution in one field can cause further disruption and fragmentation in another.
In the wake of the international conference on Afghanistan on 5 December in Bonn, it is important that international policy makers recognise that the successful implementation of individual policy recommendations in itself will fall short of providing long-term solutions and that continued international engagement in Afghanistan should be premised, first, on supporting the Afghan government to address the root causes of the conflict and, second, on ensuring that this support does not unintentionally entrench patterns of conflict and power imbalance.
The AAN paper argues that a constructive international engagement necessitates a focus on political and governance reforms, the establishment of more inclusive and transparent political processes and the defence of human rights and basic freedoms, alongside the current efforts to strengthen the Afghan security forces, expand the economy and improve regional relations.
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For more information, please contact:
Thomas Ruttig, AAN Co-Director and lead author ([email protected])
Martine van Bijlert, AAN Co-Director and contributing author ([email protected])
Sari Kouvo, AAN Co-Director and contributing author ([email protected])
Other contributing authors are Doris Buddenberg, Barbara Stapelton and Tom Gregg.
This article was last updated on 9 Mar 2020