Afghan workers pave the road for a new traffic circle in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The international community plays a role in stabilizing Afghanistan.

Building Self Sufficiency

July 2012, Number 03.03

“Afghanistan entered a new chapter in its history in 2001 and has come a long way since. The Afghan people – together with their international partners – have made tremendous progress in education, freedom of speech and media, health care, economic growth, technology, regional cooperation and democracy in general. Of course, there are issues that should be addressed concerning security, good governance, rule of law, corruption and development. But a country that has experienced more than three decades of war cannot resolve its problems in a decade.

We started from scratch in 2001, and today we are fortunate to be talking about good governance and stability. Ten years ago, there were talks about building Afghan government institutions, the Army, and police. But today we are talking about the rule of law, human and women’s rights, and the sustainability and ability of the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police. We are talking about development, economic growth, higher education and regional cooperation. That we are now talking about these long-term and strategic objectives is a sign of progress...”

Excerpt from Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam, “Building Self Sufficiency,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 3, No. 3, 2012: 12-15.

Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam is a social activist and founder and volunteer chairman of the Afghan Anti-Corruption Network, a leading group of volunteer civil society organizations fighting corruption. He is an advocate of youth and women’s rights and a member of the Afghan Young Leader Forum. Mr. Hamdam is a writer, a media and political analyst and works as a country advisor at the Office of the NATO Senior Civilian Representative to Afghanistan. He is a 2010 graduate of the Marshall Center’s Program in Advanced Security Studies and holds a bachelor’s degree in health science.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.