$100 billion later, Afghanistan on the brink
Politics & Economics

$100 billion later, Afghanistan on the brink

Afghanistan’s economy is worsening and its security deteriorating despite more than a decade of U.S.-led reconstruction efforts and more than $100 billion poured into the country, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, an independent oversight agency created by Congress in 2008. The agency’s investigation, conducted between October and December of last year, … Continue reading

Thousands of Weapons in Afghanistan Missing
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Thousands of Weapons in Afghanistan Missing

Many of the 747,000 weapons the U.S. Department of Defense has given to the Afghan National Security Forces have not been properly labeled or accounted for, according to a new report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). The widespread mislabeling, duplicate labeling, and rudimentary tracking of weapons means that insurgents could easily … Continue reading

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The Frontrunner of Afghanistan’s Presidential Elections Has a Strong Message On Democracy

By Marguerite Ward, PolicyMic  Election officials are now in the process of counting the more than 7 million votes of Afghanistan’s presidential election. As the United States scales back its military presence, President Karzai leaves office after 13 years in power and the population faces continued threats from the Taliban, this election has a lot at stake. The … Continue reading

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Afghanistan: Learning from Past Mistakes

By Marguerite Ward for World Policy Journal Yesterday, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) released an audit of the Afghan National Police (ANP) Fuel Program. The report found limited oversight of fuel purchases and a high risk of loss, theft, and misuse of U.S. funds and purchased fuel. The troubling findings indicate that more management … Continue reading