With corruption deeply embedded into the fabric of governance in many countries around the world, confronting corrupt networks will necessitate a sea change in government priorities.
Major geopolitical shifts and internal dynamics are setting the stage for possible increased great-power competition in Central Asia between Russia and China at a time when the region is becoming less hospitable to the projection of U.S. power and to the promotion of democracy.
Regional actors like China, India, and Pakistan can cooperate effectively through multilateral platforms to promote reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan.
There are several reasons for extending the military presence of the United States and its allies in Afghanistan.
Although President Barack Obama has extended U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, stability in the conflict-torn nation is elusive and close to one and a half decades of Afghan and international investment are at risk.
The announcement of the delayed U.S. and NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan comes during a time of uncertainty about the Taliban’s capabilities and the U.S. bombardment of a hospital in Kunduz.
Leaving troops in Afghanistan is the right thing to do. It is also a telling, sad legacy for the U.S. president.
The Taliban’s successes in and around Kunduz are the almost inevitable consequence of corrupt and abusive governance.
All cases of acute corruption exemplify three traits: whole governments structured around the objective of maximizing corrupt profits, enormous sums of money, and clear victims of such abuse.
As the military campaign against the Islamic State stalls, it is time to turn to a civilian solution.