For the last decade, NATO and the international community have pumped billions of dollars into construction projects in Afghanistan. Yet with the drawdown of troops also comes a drawdown in the construction of bases and big infrastructure projects — and that's taking a big bite out of the economy and the bottom line of Afghan contractors.
Writer Tamim Ansary was born in Afghanistan, and his new book, Games Without Rules, traces the country's turbulent history over the past two centuries. The title refers both to the game played for control of Afghanistan and the popular sport of buzkashi, a sort of chaotic polo played with a goat carcass.
Reversing a decade-old trend, more Afghans are now leaving the country than are returning, as uncertainty grows over the scheduled withdrawal of NATO troops in 2014. For many Afghans, legal migration is out of reach, but that doesn't keep them from sneaking out of their homeland.
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