Unlike Iraq, in Afghanistan an international consensus supports common goals for the entire operation, providing a test of whether the ‘international community’ is capable of effective joint action to make societies secure, even when their insecurity threatens the whole world. So far the results indicate that governments and international institutions are not up to the job.
(Re)Building Afghanistan: The Folly of Stateless Democracy
Barnett R. Rubin is director of studies and a senior fellow at the Center on International Cooperation at New York University. His books include The Fragmentation of Afghanistan 2d ed. (Yale University Press, 2002), and Blood on the Doorstep: The Politics of Preventing Deadly Conflict (New York: The Century Foundation and Council on Foreign Relations, 2002).
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Barnett R. Rubin; (Re)Building Afghanistan: The Folly of Stateless Democracy. Current History 1 April 2004; 103 (672): 165–170. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/curh.2004.103.672.165
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