David Cortright, The Daily Star | August 2, 2012
The annual $4 billion in aid pledged to secure Afghanistan's futures will not foment economic development until there is peace. ++ After 30 years of war, it is no wonder the country is so underdeveloped. ++ It has been challenging to negotiate a settlement because neither the US nor the Taliban are willing to give in to the others' demands. ++ A peace accord, overseen by a UN team, between insurgents and the Kabul regime would reduce the need for large unaffordable security forces and allow attention to be focused on other priorities.