To many, stability in Afghanistan might seem like a distant dream. In the past 12 months, there have been reports of forces allied to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighting in the north, raising fears among the Afghan government.
“The particular significance of Kunduz isn’t that it’s militarily significant or strategically significant, but that it was the first provincial center that they’ve been able to take,” she said.
Afghanistan “is on track to being a normal developing country. That doesn’t mean it’ll be a middle-income country soon, but... it has had 40 years of conflict, it had communism, and it’s got one of the worse corruption records in the world. These things don’t go away overnight.”SHOW MORE