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Afghanistan Beyond the Fog of Nation Building
S. Frederick Starr
eBook Edition: 2011

To claim, as this paper does, that improved transport can trigger the economic and social transformation of Afghanistan and neighboring states, may seem a stretch. After all, is Afghanistan not a remote backwater rather than a central hub, the “end of the road” and not a key corridor? This is how the West has viewed the country for centuries. Soviet rule cut off its access to the north and west with the longest and most tightly closed border in the world. Then the India-Pakistan conflict closed Afghanistan’s access to the east and the rise of Khomeini’s Iran closed the door to the Middle East. (From Author)

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