Afghanistan: The Mirage of Peace by Chris Johnson

By Chris Johnson

Greatly portrayed because the "success of the battle on terror," Afghanistan is now in concern. more and more indifferent from the folk it's intended to serve, and not able to control the big quantities of reduction that it has sought, the management in Kabul struggles to control even the diminishing components of the rustic over which it has a few sway. Many Afghans consider themselves to be trapped, hostage among forces, either claiming to be their liberators. Drawing on lengthy adventure of residing and dealing in Afghanistan, Chris Johnson and Jolyon Leslie study what the alterations of contemporary years have intended when it comes to Afghans' experience in their personal identification and hopes for the long run.

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The agreement, however, was clearly unworkable as it left Rabbani as President with his arch-foe Hekmatyar as Prime Minister. Using his new-found authority, Hekmatyar promptly dismissed Massoud as Defence Minister, a move which President Rabbani rejected, but which prompted Massoud’s resignation, even though he continued to command Jamiat forces. On New Year’s Day 1994, having been resupplied by Pakistan and Uzbekistan respectively, Hizbe Islami and Junbish joined forces to launch an assault on Jamiat positions in central Kabul.

Afghanistan does not need more advisers, it needs those who are there to be properly accountable. Nor does it need more coordinators; rather we should learn from the areas, such as health, where coordination has worked and extend these systems and ways of working to other parts of the administration. The international dimension Tragically, rather than being a mistake, Afghanistan represents how the interÂ�national community now does foreign policy. From calls for international intervention to complex peace agreements that cannot be implemented, solutions to the world’s problems are dreamed up with little understanding of the complexities of the issues or of how the West is perceived by others.

By the end of 2003, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General acknowledged that ‘Afghanistan has experienced a deterioration in security at precisely the point where the peace process demands the opposite … In the last 90 days, the number of reported incidents targeting civilians exceeded the total of those that occurred in the first 20 months following the signing of the Bonn agreement … attacks on the humanitarian community escalated from a rate of one per month to one almost every two days’ (UN 2003a).

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