December 10, 2013

Afghanistan Isn't Going to Collapse

Robert Farley, The Diplomat

The Associated Press

The latest strategic intransigence from Afghan President Hamid Karzai has led to renewed concerns that the current Afghan government will collapse in the event that the United States completely withdraws direct military support at the end of 2014. A general state collapse, or the return of the Taliban, would obviously have unfortunate effects for nearly every one of its neighbors.  The country is awash with weapons, and one downside of devoting substantial resources to training the Afghan National Army is the existence of a large pool of military age males with some professional training. An ideologically committed successor regime could create problems across the region.

Nevertheless, all is not grim.

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