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Is Building an Irrigation Dam in Afghanistan Total Folly?

on Wed, 07/27/2011 - 00:04

by Lloyd Baron, Ph.D.

March 2011


“While the ultimate effectiveness and impact of the invasion and occupation by our armed forces will still take time to determine, the consequence of the planned construction of a large-scale irrigation dam in Kandahar Province is a foregone conclusion. It will be an unmitigated disaster.”


Understanding the cultural landscape of a region is critical to the effective and responsible deployment of aid and development assistance. The feudalistic constitution of Afghan society and political sphere has not changed in centuries – why has it been ignored even by those trying to navigate treacherous terrain with the best of intentions?