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Afghanistan: The right mission on the wrong footing

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Afghanistan is a tragic case of failed preventive diplomacy. International indifference allowed a civil war to develop and escalate after the liberation from Soviet rule and, as a consequence, the rise of Taleban. In the aftermath of the horrendous 9/11 event Taleban rule was quickly ended, but US policies and UN reticence prevented a truly multilateral, comprehensive post-conflict approach to take shape — combining reconstruction, development and reconciliation while stressing Afghan ownership. The international mission remains in essence a 'noble mission', serving both humanitarian and security objectives, it needs basic adjustments for success: 'de-westernization', 'civilianization', Afghanization and political reconciliation are all important keys to achieving better and lasting results.


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