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U.S. Department of State

Diplomacy in Action

Afghanistan


2008-2012

Situation
After seven years of war, differences in strategy and collaboration existed between civilians and the military. There was neither coordinated U.S. government stabilization plan nor Afghan action plan in place.

Approach
Deploy civilian responders to help ensure civilian and military planning is coordinated at every level.  

Results
Civilian responders support U.S. Embassy Kabul, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and its regional commands, Provincial Reconstruction Teams and the Interagency Provincial Affairs Office. Our staff devise annual, authoritative plans for cooperation between civilians and the military, ensure U.S. actions support Afghanistan’s national development plan, and develop specialized initiatives for specific needs. For example, not far from the dusty Afghan capital of Kabul, you can find two acres of green farmland, full of grape vines, apple and peach trees, watermelons, and tomatoes. The farm is largely tended by Afghan detainees, who are learning skills like drip irrigation, trellising, and soil preparation as part of a U.S. program to help the country reintegrate detainees into society.  


-Updates from the Field: Major Progress for Afghan Women

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