Fragile Future: The Human Cost of Conflict in Afghanistan

49 Pages Posted: 2 Dec 2018

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Emmanuel Tronc

Harvard University - Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

Anaïde Nahikian

Harvard University - Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

Date Written: December 1, 2018

Abstract

This context analysis examines the humanitarian, political, societal, and economic dimensions that make the protracted conflict in Afghanistan intractable and precarious for civilian populations. The report is based on field visits to numerous regions in Afghanistan in July 2018 — which included interviews and consultations with a variety of actors, including political stakeholders, humanitarian agencies, and populations affected by conflict — as well as a review of recent and relevant literature. The purpose of this analysis is to (1) provide a current assessment of the conflict, drawing from field interviews and an in- depth assemblage of various reports and resources, (2) examine the interconnected and interdependent interests fueling the conflict, and (3) suggest that if these dynamics persist in the way they have for decades, recent elections and peace talks will represent yet another setback for Afghan communities and a peaceful future for the country.

Keywords: Afghanistan, Negotiation, Access, Armed Conflict, Humanitarian, Humanitarian Assistance, Humanitarian Protection, Humanitarian Aid, International Humanitarian Law, IHL, Human Rights, Development, International Development

Suggested Citation

Tronc, Emmanuel and Nahikian, Anaïde, Fragile Future: The Human Cost of Conflict in Afghanistan (December 1, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3291982 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3291982

Emmanuel Tronc

Harvard University - Harvard Humanitarian Initiative ( email )

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Anaïde Nahikian (Contact Author)

Harvard University - Harvard Humanitarian Initiative ( email )

Advanced Training Program on Humanitarian Action
14 Story Street, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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