The article discusses the international community's support for positive state-building in Afghanistan. It is noted that policymakers perceive the country through the categories of counter-terrorism, counter-insurgency, state-building and economic development. U.S. President Barack Obama has expressed his commitment to increasing Afghan forces. The author also explains why it is impossible for Great Britain and its allies to build an Afghan state.
Stewart, Rory. "The Irresistible Illusion." London Review of Books. July 9, 2009, 3-6.