Omar Sharifi

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Omar Sharifi was the director of the American Institute for Afghanistan Studies in Kabul from 2008 to 2013 and is currently a doctoral candidate in cultural anthropology at Boston University.

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The State of State-Building in Afghanistan

At first glance, the Afghan state seems to be badly flailing, if not outright failing. Kabul’s politics are as divisive and paralyzed as at any time since 2001, while the Taliban presence is growing in the countryside. But beneath the turbulent surface, a widespread and abiding commitment to the survival of the Afghan state has emerged that merits recognition and support.