Tag Archives: USAID

Abdullah Abdullah, the Harbinger of Peace in Afghanistan?

Abdullah Abdullah is more a ‘son of the soil’ than Ghani, who sooner or later will return to the US. It would also suit Afghanistan and the region if it had a rather independent government.

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Failing Afghanistan and the World

It's not too late for the United States to help get Afghanistan back on its feet.

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Are Poor Societies Stuck with Dictators?

A classical political science debate focuses on whether democracy is dependent on development. The director of the Electoral Integrity Project revisits the issue using new data from African elections.

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Afghanistan Waste Exhibit A: Kajaki Dam

A Senate subcommittee is looking at waste by a Pentagon task force. It would do well to review the reasons why a major hydroelectric power plant sits unfinished even after spending of more than 300 million dollars.

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Pakistan: The China Crossroads

The China Pakistan Economic Corridor will act as an economic force-multiplier for South Asia with India a major beneficiary connecting it across the land bridge of Pakistan with Central Asia and the Middle East.

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Talking to the Taliban, Again

As foreign military forces prepare to complete their withdrawal from combat operations in Afghanistan at the end of the year and as it becomes increasingly clear that large swathes of territory will remain under Taliban control, aid organizations have felt both compelled and empowered to talk to them.

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WFP Shortfall Fuels Afghan Funding Fears

Aid agencies are calling on international donors to show their support for Afghanistan even as they face ongoing crises. Humanitarian budgets in Afghanistan had often been tied to military objectives since the 2001 US-led invasion. As foreign troops prepare to pull out, fears of declining budgets are growing. 

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