In a headlining commentary in the latest issue of Governance, Assistant Professor Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili asks why the state building project in Afghanistan proved to be such a failure. She argues this was due to a misguided preoccupation with the build-up of "power-deploying institutions," and the neglect of mechanisms for holding power-holders accountable. As she explains: "Afghanistan illustrates how a fragile state requires enough capacity to defeat insurgents, but enough constraints to discourage ofﬁcials from predation and abuse. Unfortunately, well-crafted constraints often seem like an afterthought, as state-building efforts obsess with building quick capacity. A link to the piece can be found here.