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Improving Aid to Stabilize Conflicts: The Afghan Case

  • U.S. Institute of Peace 2301 Constitution Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20037 United States (map)
Photo courtesy of the New York Times/Bryan Denton

Photo courtesy of the New York Times/Bryan Denton

In the past decade, the United States and its allies have invested billions of dollars on assistance in Afghanistan, Iraq and other conflict zones. In Afghanistan, the U.S. Agency for International Development has implemented projects to help stabilize the country as part of a counterinsurgency strategy. Making sure that such efforts are effective is vital to national security and efficient spending. To evaluate such stabilization-related assistance, USAID commissioned a study by the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project at Princeton University. USIP, on June 21, will take a first look at the results, which can inform more effective stabilization work in future conflicts.

Among the findings of the forthcoming study is evidence that smaller, targeted projects tend to work better—an idea that will challenge policymakers to address how the U.S. government can best manage hundreds of smaller projects that are sensitive to local conditions amid a country at war. The study also finds that stabilization aid should account for the ways in which insurgents in a conflict are likely to undermine such projects. It also underscores that better data collection and monitoring are essential to calibrate stabilization activities to be most effective.

Specialists on Afghanistan and stabilization efforts from USAID and USIP will join a public discussion of this study which provides lessons to improve U.S. policies and practices in calming conflicts abroad that threaten U.S. security and international stability.

Event Details

  • Date: June 21, 2017

  • When: 10:00 - 11:30 AM

  • Where: U.S. Institute of Peace