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The UN in Afghanistan

The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs has available a report on Afghanistan examining attempts at state building. The report focuses on the role of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in coordinating foreign and domestic efforts.

UNAMA coordinates international efforts in Afghanistan and supported the recent elections. “These efforts include supporting the Government to improve governance and the rule of law and fight corruption, as well as facilitating the delivery of humanitarian assistance.”

The Norwegian report, UNAMA in Afghanistan, is intended to answer some key questions.

The conclusions drawn from Afghanistan will also form the basis for how future operations in ‘weak states’ are organized, which makes it important to get right the lessons to be learned. If the United Nations had taken a ‘heavy footprint’ approach, what would that have entailed in terms of resources and activities? Should the United Nations have served as a caretaker government  for a certain period, for example? Should thousands of peacekeepers have been deployed? Should billions have been spent upfront on basic services? If that had been the case, would Afghanistan have been peaceful by now? And can we draw any generalizations from the Afghanistan experience to future endeavours? These are big questions, and this report will attempt to shed some light on them.

  1. October 16, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    UN is now known as backup agent of US atrocities.First US and its forces create mess in any area and then inductions of UN officials along with IMF and world Bank personals with golden ideas of credit and debit schemes, start arriving in the affected areas.Those are there to search of strong survivals of any country who can help them to make rest of country as economical slave of these nominated agencies.

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