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Afghanistan’s future, by the man who might lead it

By James Crabtree  

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Afghan man with plan

Afghanistan is a by-word for lawlessness, violence and stateless disorder. Its reputation has reached such levels that Prospect’s cover star last month, Phillip Blond, used the country in a recent speech as a a proxy description for medieval England. Instead of saying “Afghanistan is medieval”, it has become easier for Blond to communicate the image to a contemporary audience by saying that baronial England was like Afghanistan. But, as Ashraf Ghanni points out in our latest edition, this vision is much more recent than…

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