Sunday, November 20, 2016

Afghan Governance News

The National Unity Government (NUG) has struggled to provide good governance at the national and sub-national level. Most observers would say that NUG has failed over the past two years. Its ministries are lacking good leadership and the Afghan National Defense Security Forces (ANDSF) are still burdened with too many general officers who are inept, incompetent, and very corrupt. When the NUG does agree on ministerial level appointments the Afghan parliament steps in to stir the pot. So we have a national government with legitimacy problems, a sub-national government system that does not deliver the needed government services, ministries that are lacking good leaders, and a parliament with a grudge. This past week the Afghan parliament dismissed six ministers and is reviewing several more. Certainly a recipe for disaster. Read more in "Afghan Parliament Goes on a Firing Spree", The Diplomat, by Catherine Putz, November 15, 2016.

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