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A study recently conducted by the RAND Corporation looked at the role of women in post-conflict nation-building, with particular focus on Afghanistan. Our findings suggest that a stronger emphasis on the broader concept of human security from the earliest phases of the nation-building effort; a focus on establishing governance on the principles of equity and consistent rule of law from the start; and, as a component of both of these things, women's earliest inclusion in reconstruction activities are likely to improve the outcomes of post-conflict nation-building.

Originally published in: WIIS Words, Summer 2007, pp. 11-12.

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