Tying-in to the IWF event today here in Washington Securing Afghanistan: The Role of Women, I wanted to highlight an article from the Globe and Mail in Canada, “Being in Afghanistan is Dangerous, not being in Afghanistan is even more Dangerous“. It’s an Op-ed so it is by no means unbiased, but it illustrates the need for nations such as Canada and the United States and Britain and Norway to not give up on efforts in Afghanistan.

It also illustrates the need for high profile leaders such as the UN Secretary General to call attention to the continuing plights of Afghanistan. It is important to stay engaged in order to help ensure that the same factors that following Soviet withdrawal lead to the creation of the Taliban regime and what became a prime breeding ground for terrorists in central Asia are not repeated. In addition to the event, for those of you not in DC, two new policy briefs on Afghanistan are forthcoming this week.