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Averting disaster in post-NATO Afghanistan

Published: Friday, 12th December 2014

The summary of the discussions from the recent Ditchley conference “Post-NATO Afghanistan: neighbours and friends” held at Ditchley Park in November, is now published.

The brief from the chair was to look forward, not back, which those participating did for the most part.  The agreement of the new President, Ashraf Ghani, and CEO, Abdullah Abdullah, to work together had created a window of opportunity for the country to change the way it was governed.  It was imperative that the political elite now coalesced around a shared vision for the future, rejecting endemic corruption and traditional deals with warlords. Participants recognised how difficult this would be, not least the security challenges, but change had to come or the consequences would be dire.

For an issue like Afghanistan, there could be no neat solutions, but some broad recommendations did emerge and are included in this summary.

To read the full report click here.