September 11 revealed the dangers of allowing so-called humanitarian emergencies or failed states to fester—not only to neighboring countries but to the world. An American administration that came to power denouncing efforts at ‘nation building’ and criticizing reliance on international organizations and agreements has now proclaimed that it needs to ensure a ‘stable Afghanistan’ to prevent that country from ever again becoming a haven for terrorists.
A Blueprint for Afghanistan
Barnett R. Rubin is director of studies at the Center on International Cooperation, New York University. He is the author of The Fragmentation of Afghanistan (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2002) and other works on South and Central Asia, conflict prevention, and human rights. This essay is adapted from a speech delivered last December in Tokyo at the International Symposium on Human Security.
Barnett R. Rubin; A Blueprint for Afghanistan. Current History 1 April 2002; 101 (654): 153–157. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/curh.2002.101.654.153
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