An Interview with Afghan Diplomat Naveed Noormal about Erik Prince's Proposal for Privatisation of War in Afghanistan, after his counter with Erik on the Head to Head Talk show in Oxford
Interviewer: Mariam Amini
Why does Afghanistan's firmly reject the plan that Erik Prince is proposing to the Trump administration?
The plan is not only rejected by Afghanistan, but also many international partners including some key figures in the US. Former Secretary James Mattis said “When Americans put their nation's credibility on the line, privatizing is probably not a wise idea”. To address your question, I will respond to it with three points. First, the core objective of US forces and NATO in Afghanistan is to fight terrorism, help Afghanistan to build a sovereign and democratic state, and...
The landscape of Baluchistan is comprised of an area over half a million square kilometers in the southeastern part of the Iran plateau, south of the central deserts and the Helmand river. The Baluchs are the main ethnic group in the province, followed by Pashtuns. The majority of the inhabitants are Sunni Muslims. A small number of Shia’s and Hindus also reside in the province. The province is divided between three countries: Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran. The largest part of Baluchistan belongs to Pakistan. In spite of the natural resources in the Baluchistan province including chromites, fluorite, marble, gold, gas, iron and petroleum which are of prominent importance , it has remained one of the poorest provinces in Pakistan. The province has been marginalized throughout h...
When British Prime Minister David Cameron was overheard calling Afghanistan and Nigeria “fanatically corrupt” countries on the eve of an anti-corruption summit in London, the incident was labeled as “embarrassing” and “unfair” by some in both countries.
Afghanistan’s president, Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, said he did not have a problem with Cameron’s statement, but added that he was elected “on a mandate to make transparency, accountability and rule of law the imperative.” Moreover, he said the West’s demand for narcotics is one of the major sources of corruption in Afghanistan.
The question that arises is who is responsible? Is it the previous government? The international community? The current government, or a combination of the above? After all, a country does not ...
Since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001, considerable international attention has been directed towards Afghanistan. Key instruments in support of the new government in Afghanistan and its people have been military operations through the United States of America (US), the International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF), The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and international development cooperation. The strategies and approaches of the international community have shifted over time, but international development has remained one of the foundations in promoting security, combating terrorism, reducing poverty, promoting democracy and state-building, and fostering gender equality. The war after 2001 in Afghanistan refers to the intervention of the North Atlantic Tr...
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