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Season 2006 Episode 0920

Afghanistan After the Taliban

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Afghanistan After the TalibanSarah Chayes provides an eyewitness account of the return to the violence and corruption of warlordism in Afghanistan in the wake of the defeat of the Taliban in her new book, The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban. She became deeply immersed in the unfolding drama of the attempt to rebuild a broken nation at the crossroads of the world's destiny. With remarkable access to leading players in the postwar government, Chayes witnessed a tragic story unfold the perverse turn of events whereby the U.S. government and armed forces allowed and abetted the return to power of corrupt militia commanders, as well as the re-infiltration of bands of Taliban forces supported by U.S.-ally Pakistan. In this gripping and dramatic account of her four years working on the ground with Afghanis in the battle to restore their country to order and establish democracy, Chayes opens Americans' eyes to the sobering realities of this vital front in the war on terror.After reporting for years for National Public Radio in the Balkans, North Africa, and the Middle East, as well as her base in Paris, Sarah Chayes is taking a break from radio to make a direct contribution to reconstructing a post-conflict society. She is helping run Afghans for Civil Society, an Afghan non-governmental, non-profit organization. Based in the former Taliban stronghold of Kandahar, its primary mission is to bring some of the intellectual resources necessary for formulating constructive public policy to Afghanistan.moreless
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