Recently, President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan and President Asif Ali Zadari of Pakistan were in the UK to discuss the future of Afghanistan post 2014, when the bulk of the international forces withdraw. What form the end state takes is the key issue during the inteqal (transition) process. After a decade of international involvement, Afghanistan in Transition Beyond 2014? addresses the myriad complexities facing the country and its allies as it explores a wide range of prospects for long term stabilisation.
Shanthie Mariet D’Souza, a research fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore, deftly edits thirteen chapters written by a wide range of distinguished Afghan experts, practitioners and scholars. The book is the result of the first workshop held in Singapore in January 2012.
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Originally published at On Line Opinion on the 20th of February, 2013.