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Located in Kabul, Afghanistan, CAPS is an independent, research centre that strives to conduct action-oriented research which will influence policy-makers. It works diligently towards building local capacity to produce conflict and threat assessments that will influence the safety and security of the people serving the governments, and international aid organizations.
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Nov 21, 2007
Listening to Afghans

Hekmat Karzai and Julian Lindley- French

Times November 9, 2007

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MIKHAIL GORBACHEV, surveying the wreckage of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan famously said, "We for another 20 or 30 years."* Whilst a very different operation to Moscow's brutal occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s, it is a sad fact that NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) is slowly reaching the same point in the minds of some Afghans, put simply, the yawning gap between what the NATO capitals regard as success, and the reality on the ground is in danger of becoming an exercise in political and bureaucratic self-delusion. Money is paid, projects are sanctioned, bureaucratic boxes are ticked and progress is declared. Read Full Article...

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