Dealing with Corruption: Hard Lessons Learned in Afghanistan
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV FORT MCNAIR DC
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Operation Enduring Freedom has exacted a tremendous cost on the United States in terms of both blood and treasure. By the end of fiscal year 2013, the financial toll had reached 645 billion. While we have made a significant investment in rebuilding Afghanistan, certain actors have seen our sacrifice as an opportunity to enrich themselves by stealing money and materiel intended to aid in the rebuilding of the country. A recent study has indicated that these corrupt actions threaten the future of Afghanistan. According to the Joint and Coalition Operational Analysis JCOA report titled Operationalizing Counter Anti-Corruption Study, Corruption alienates key elements of the population, discredits the government and security forces, undermines international support, subverts state functions and rule of law, robs the state of revenue, and creates barriers to economic growth. Corruption, in other words, undermines the very essence of those attributes required to establish and maintain a legitimate government.
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