The state-building endeavor in Afghanistan came to the brink in 2008 with the Taliban insurgency taking control of some southern districts, high poppy production fueling the illicit economy, widespread charges of corruption, and a looming humanitarian disaster. Afghans increasingly became disillusioned by high civilian casualties and the government's failure to provide improved socioeconomic conditions. By year's end, there was also increased pressure for negotiations with moderate Taliban elements.
Afghanistan in 2008: State Building at the Precipice
Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She also currently holds the position of Visiting Scholar with the South Asian Studies and International Development Program of the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. She would like to thank Ambassador Robert P. Finn, Marvin Weinbaum, and Patrick Mullen for their comments on this article. Email: <email@example.com>.
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Rani D. Mullen; Afghanistan in 2008: State Building at the Precipice. Asian Survey 1 February 2009; 49 (1): 28–38. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2009.49.1.28
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