Nation-building in Afghanistan: Myth or Reality? (event archive)

April 19, 2012 by  

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Although the NATO mission in Afghanistan has yet to be concluded, its place in history has already been secured. It is officially the United States’ longest war and was the first time that Article 5 of the NATO charter, the collective defense clause was invoked. The scope of the intervention has generated lively debate since its beginning in 2001, with sometimes tension between vigorous counter-terrorism operations and the broader goal of democratization. In an age of financial austerity and following the death of Osama bin-Laden, critics of nation buidling have grown in number.

Are these voices merely reflective of war-weary pessimism or do they represent a prudent reassessment of the prospect of large-scale societal and political change in Afghanistan?

Panelists from AfghanistanMirwais Rahimzai (Afghan Center for Human Services), Freshta Kharimi (Da Qanoon Ghushtonky, Afghanistan), Sadiq Mohibi (Afghan Ministry of Labor), Razia Arooj (Afghanistan Office, UNESCO) and Péter Marton (Corvinus University of Budapest) Mirwais Janan (International Centre for Democratic Transition). Moderated by Máté Tóth (NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine).

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