Brian Fung posted a little blurb this week in the Atlantic on how stability in Afghanistan includes a healthy economy and “the revival of business.” He noted that one commander stopped measuring progress based on the stemming of violence, and instead began to take notice of the sales of highly perishable foodstuffs, such as beef and tomatoes.

I liked this different take on Afghanistan’s national security because I think the focus tends to be on curbing violence rather than economic stability. A stable, flourishing economy is essential for political stability and national security and vice versa. While the U.S. should continue to keep violence at bay in Afghanistan, it should also focus on economic restoration. A thriving business sector encourages political stability and allows the Afghans to experience a halfway normal life.

-Charlotte

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/10/a-new-way-to-measure-afghan-security-beef-and-tomatoes/264101/