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"Afghanistan: The Diem Moment?"

Afghan soldiers in front of Kabul Bank in Kabul, Sep. 1, 2010. The Afghan central bank's decision to remove bank executives amid allegations of mismanagement and questionable lending practices offers the government a chance to stand against corruption.
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"Afghanistan: The Diem Moment?"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

September 5, 2010

Author: Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

Belfer Center Programs or Projects: International Security


My friend Dexter Filkins tells it all ("Inside Corrupt-istan," NYT, Sept 5, 2010), viz: Transparency International ranks Afghanistan 179th in terms of corruption, ahead only of...Somalia; and ex-deputy attorney-general Fazel Ahmad Fakiryar, who tried to bring corruption charges against members of the government of Hamid Karzai and who was dismissed by the latter for his efforts, has become a national icon.

Robert Gates, who tries gamely to be straight with the public while adhering to national policy, has never been effusive about what is happening in Afghanistan....

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