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Afghanistan Partnership Framework: Conditionality without ownership; tactics without strategy?

Briefing/policy papers

Written by Alastair McKechnie, Mark Bowden

This brief evaluates the second draft of the Afghanistan Partnership Framework for Development agreement (APF), which is due to be proposed at the 2020 Afghanistan Conference in Geneva on 23-24 November 2020. International partners are being invited to comment on successive iterations of the agreement, and this brief has been prepared to help inform their thinking. It draws attention to shortcomings with the current version (as of 30/10/2020) and suggests ways in which it could be improved to better ensure long-term peace, stability, and confidence in both partner countries and Afghanistan.