Afghan Roads

Remember that slew of articles not too long ago all about how building roads was an essential element of counterinsurgency in Afghanistan, because in addition to providing better access for securing the population, roads also helped integrate farflung villages into the broader economy? That’s how COIN practitioners see roads anyhow. Here’s John McCreary on how Afghans see them: . . . Roads are a mixed blessing because they improve the efficiency of the taxation system as well as expand the market area. They also can be infrastructure for village improvement, but that is not the expected customary result. Roads usually […]

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