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Afghanistan: State and Society, Great Power Politics, and the Way Ahead

Findings from an International Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2007

Published Apr 30, 2008

Edited by Cheryl Benard, Ole Kvaerno, Peter Dahl Thruelsen, Kristen Cordell

Contributors: Angel Rabasa, Ali Jalali, Obaid Younossi, Khalid Nadiri, Peter Viggo Jakobsen, Michael Rubin, Mikkel Vedby Rasmussen, Ali Alfoneh, Pavel K. Baev, Samina Ahmed


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In June 2007, the RAND Corporation and the Royal Danish Defence College hosted a conference titled “Afghanistan: State and Society, Great Power Politics, and the Way Ahead”. The two-day event, held in Copenhagen, was attended by more than 100 politicians, scholars, academics, and representative of both governmental and nongovernmental institutions from more than 20 states. Its theme was to discuss the problems that Afghanistan faces in the wake of the U.S.-led attack on al Qaeda training camps and the Taliban government; examine the challenges confronting the NATO International Security Assistance Force as it coordinates nation-building activities in Afghanistan; and suggest ways to address these issues. This volume compiles 11 of the papers presented at the conference; themes include the importance of historical precedents, coordination among relevant parties, and the development of an all-encompassing, long-term strategic approach.

This research was conducted within the Initiative for Middle Eastern Youth and the RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy. The Initiative for Middle Eastern Youth is funded by donations from private individuals and sources in the State of Qatar.

This report is part of the RAND conference proceeding series. RAND conference proceedings present a collection of papers delivered at a conference or a summary of the conference.

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