Afghanistan: Post-War Governance, Security, and U.S. Policy [Updated April 26, 2007]   [open pdf - 539KB]

From the Summary: "Afghanistan's political transition was completed with the convening of a parliament in December 2005, but in 2006 insurgent threats to Afghanistan's government escalated to the point that some experts are now questioning the success of U.S. stabilization efforts. In the political process, a new constitution was adopted in January 2004, successful presidential elections were held on October 9, 2004, and parliamentary elections took place on September 18, 2005. The parliament has become an arena for factions that have fought each other for nearly three decades to debate and peacefully resolve differences. Afghan citizens are enjoying personal freedoms forbidden by the Taliban. Women are participating in economic and political life, including as ministers, provincial governors, and parliament leaders. […] To build security institutions and assist reconstruction, the United States has given Afghanistan about $14 billion over the past five years, including funds to equip and train Afghan security forces. About another $11 billion was requested for additional FY2007 funds and for FY2008. Breakdowns are shown in the several tables at the end of this paper. This paper will be updated as warranted by major developments. See also CRS [Congressional Research Service] Report RS21922, 'Afghanistan: Elections, Constitution, and Government', by Kenneth Katzman; and CRS Report RL32686, 'Afghanistan: Narcotics and U.S. Policy', by Christopher M. Blanchard."

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