The World Today, Volume 62, Number 8/9
The riots in Kabul in May prompted a wave of pessimism about the outcome of the international intervention in Afghanistan, with predictions of an 'arc of instability' covering yet more of South Asia and the Middle East. For some, this was also the long-awaited proof that the United States-led response to September 11 2001 had been misguided from the start to its inevitably unpleasant finish. But the situation in Afghanistan is not as bleak as some suggest. Rather than join the interminable debate about the response to the World Trade Center attacks and the decision to intervene in Afghanistan, this article asks a more straightforward question: what can be done to improve security and stability there?