Afghanistan
The Crisis of Humanitarian Intervention (Revisited)

The Crisis of Humanitarian Intervention (Revisited)

Supporters of the impending U.S. strike on Syria claim that it is necessary to punish the Assad regime for using chemical weapons on its citizens and to prevent it from further employing them.  The situation, says Washington, calls for “humanitarian intervention.” ...

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When Will the Dirty Wars End?

When Will the Dirty Wars End?

Jeremy Scahill’s Dirty Wars details the growing use of extrajudicial assassinations by the U.S. executive branch to strike at targets around the planet, without any declaration of war or meaningful congressional oversight. And it documents the human toll of such unchecked power by featuring some of the innocent victims of this global war.

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Foreign Aid Is Afghanistan’s Resource Curse

Foreign Aid Is Afghanistan’s Resource Curse

Afghanistan, which manages to generate only about $2 billion per year of its own revenues and depends on international donors for the rest of its budget, suffers from a kind of resource curse. With plenty of cash and no accountability to citizens—as well as minimal oversight by donors—Afghan officials are free to rip off donor resources and ignore or extort their fellow citizens with relative impunity.

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A Legacy of Rogues in Afghanistan

A Legacy of Rogues in Afghanistan

Faced with an impending withdrawal deadline and ineffectual Afghan security units, U.S. planners have pitched the Afghan Local Police (ALP) program as an affordable short-term fix to fill the country’s security vacuum. Yet despite some success in achieving security gains, ALP units have been accused of committing serious human rights abuses against local populations with apparent impunity.

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