Afghanistan: securing the peace

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In spite of the internal and external security threats facing Afghanistan, Liane Sainsbury presents a cautiously optimistic view of the country’s unified future post-2014


From the departure of Soviet forces in 1989 to the disputed elections held in August 2014, the landscape of Afghanistan has been one of failed hopes, unrealised pragmatism and prolonged ambiguity. As a nation consistently deemed in transit, the past 25 years have been marked by civil strife and unstable political and military foundations. But, as the recent elections lurch towards a conclusion, there are strong indications that Afghanistan can make significant headway . . .

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