Peace and Development Efforts in Afghanistan: A Lost Decade

Patryk Kugiel
Content Type
Policy Brief
The Polish Institute of International Affairs
When international intervention put an end to the Taliban regime in Afghanistan in late 2001 thousands of Afghans went out to the streets to celebrate a new beginning. After 20 years of bloody civil wars in the country, many had hoped that a new era of stability and prosperity was about to begin. The devastating terrorist attacks in the U.S., which brought the international coalition to Afghanistan, was seen as a guarantee that the West would not abandon the country before it was put back in order. Afghanistan could have been a model of post-conflict reconstruction.
Conflict Resolution, NATO, War, Law Enforcement, Peacekeeping
Political Geography
Afghanistan, United States