A Dawn Approaches and A Legacy Awaits Definition

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So it seems Afghanistan may have the basis for ongoing political leadership after six months of uncertainty. Those months of bickering and stalling, threats and flip-flops had many dire ramifications, the greatest of which are likely yet to be witnessed. Continue reading

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Afghan Extractive Industry: Are Abundant Natural Resources a Blessing or a Curse?

It it a question that is asked in developing nations worldwide.  In some nations, mineral and hydrocarbon reserves have proven to be of enormous benefit to local, regional and even national populations.  In many though, the presence of such resources has proven to be a curse that exacerbates conflict.  Afghanistan has immense reserves of copper, iron, gold, hydrocarbons and rare earth metals.  The nation currently lacks the proper infrastructure and regulatory capacity to extract, process and ship these valuable assets.   Continue reading