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Accession Number ADA565062
Title Keep Driving -- An Assessment of the Afghan Development Program.
Publication Date Mar 2011
Media Count 32p
Personal Author M. P. Gabel
Abstract A large body of literature has focused on the establishment of the necessary security conditions that will convince the people of Afghanistan to support the GIRoA. Yet there is more to creating stability for a state in conflict or emerging from conflict than merely establishing security. There is a need for increases in development programs that require both military and civilian assistance. Civilians must partner with host nations to establish the capacity of national and sub-national government institutions, and to help rehabilitate key economic sectors. This will help the government defeat insurgents who promise only violence. Growth is critical to undermine extremists' appeal in the short term and for sustainable economic development in the long term. A focus on development is an excellent way to expand our analysis and assessment of Afghan polices. As noted in the United States Institute for Peace (USIP) model for stability and reconstruction development, there are five key areas and seven cross-cutting principles that should be addressed in developing a strategy and policy for stability operations. These key areas are creating a safe and secure environment, developing a sustainable economy, promoting stable governance, guaranteeing social well-being, and instituting the rule of law. This paper will review one key area for improving conditions in Afghanistan: developing a sustainable economy. This developmental effort is important for creating opportunities for a better future for the Afghan people, but it is equally important to donors and host nations during stability operations since development will limit insurgent opportunities. Through improved employment, markets, and infrastructure, Afghans will gain a greater appreciation for their government, legitimizing the state. As the state becomes more legitimate, security will improve and state functions will stabilize, eventually leading to national growth and sovereignty.
Keywords Accountability
Afghanistan conflict
Civilian population
Criminal corruption
Economic development
Federal budgets
Government legitimacy
Illicit economies
International security assistance force
Market economies
Nato forces
Sro(Stability and reconstruction operations)
Stability operations
United states government

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 96H - Foreign Business & Economics
96G - Foreign Industry Economic Development
Corporate Author Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Research paper.
NTIS Issue Number 1304
Contract Number N/A

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