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Picking Up the Pieces
Unraveling Afghanistan

Having spun an artificial Afghan state into existence, we can’t leave without it crashing into the ground.

Appeared in: Volume 9, Number 3 | Published on: December 19, 2013
Pauline H. Baker is president emeritus of the Fund for Peace. She visited Afghanistan with a Council on Foreign Relations delegation in May 2013. She thanks Sarah Chayes and Stephen Biddle for their insights. The views expressed here are solely the responsibility of the author.
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  • Pete

    “…..the more critical question is whether the state itself will hold together once Western life support is removed.”

    If Afghanistan can’t stand without ‘Western life support,’ then to hell with it.

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