Issue Brief on “Afghanistan: Trade and Development”


“It is inevitable that struggles which involve the very existence of peoples have had and will continue to have, as long and as often as they are repeated, a profound effect upon the nature of men, their attitudes and institutions,” noted Robert Park, a famous American sociologist, in his 1941 article ‘The Social Function of War.’ The present-day situation in Afghanistan echoes the observation.

The withdrawal of the US-led forces without establishing a sustainable governance system in Afghanistan has created an uncertain situation. The Taliban takeover has so far been peaceful and well-administered. They will need international recognition and support. The uncertain situation can either become chaotic or lead to an unprecedented sovereign era of development.

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