Guilty Party by Graciana Del Castillo
The International Community in Afghanistan

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"(del Castillo's) cohesive, intelligent writing style effortlessly weaves personal anecdotes with exhaustively sourced academic conclusions, making this essential reading for anyone who desires a comprehensive backdrop to modern Afghanistan."
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Recalling an unforgettable trip throughout Afghanistan in Nowruz 1978, only three weeks before the bloody communist coup d'etat, the author uses places along the way to describe how foreign conquerors, nationalist policies, a variety of ethnicities and religions, and the Silk Route combined to mold present-day Afghanistan. Such places provided the stage for the famous battles of ancient and modern times as they provided the different livelihoods of the Afghan population that still lives mostly from agriculture and livestock production. Gripping accounts on the political and security transitions since 9/11 have not been matched by similar ones on the economic and social ones, which is the purpose of this book. Based on what she saw in a more recent visit in 2011, the author explains to a general audience how misguided economic policies, misplaced priorities, and wasteful aid have led Afghanistan to an infamous record: the country not only relapsed into conflict but became the most aid-dependent country in the world. Muddling through, as in the past, is no longer an option as NATO troops withdraw and aid falls sharply. The author makes a proposal to help the country to move away from the vicious circle of insecurity and aid, drug, and food dependency to a virtuous one of genuine investment, rural development, employment opportunities, and improved livelihoods. The cost of the Afghan war—in terms of human lives and taxpayers' money—has been outrageous, and taxpayers should demand a debate among all stakeholders on how to move forward.
 

About Graciana Del Castillo

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Graciana del Castillo is an expert on countries in crises - both financial and post-conflict. Her roles in the cabinet of the UN secretary-general in the early 1990s and in the IMF from 1996, saw her involved in ongoing operations and economic reconstruction in Central America, Africa, Asia, andKosovo. More recently, Dr. del Castillo has held senior positions at Standard & Poor's analyzing country risk, and is a founding partner of the Macroeconomic Advisory Group and the Centennial Group. She has also been a senior consultant to the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and a visitingscholar at the OECD Development Center. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University (1986), where she has been Adjunct Professor and taught graduate courses in international economics since 1990. She previously taught at New York University, Hunter College, and Hofstra University and has lectured at several universities inLatin America.
 
Published July 14, 2016 by Xlibris US. 428 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Children's Books. Non-fiction
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on Jun 30 2014

"(del Castillo's) cohesive, intelligent writing style effortlessly weaves personal anecdotes with exhaustively sourced academic conclusions, making this essential reading for anyone who desires a comprehensive backdrop to modern Afghanistan."

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