AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE, AIR UNIVERSITY Maxwell Air Force Base United States
Almost nine years since the start of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, democracy in Afghanistan seems on the verge of failure and the country remains divided. Despite international efforts, the original vision of widespread democracy in Afghanistan has yet to be fulfilled. As the continuing violence inhibits efforts to reconstruct key infrastructure such as roads, water and power, the Afghan people are losing faith in democracy and seeking security and stability wherever it can be found. Therefore, the premature push for democratization prior to ensuring stability has impeded the establishment of an effective and viable democratic framework in Afghanistan.