Professor Jennifer Murtazashvili’s commentary on State Building in Afghanistan appears in Governance

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.


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