July 18, 2013

As Uncertainty Reigns Back Home, Many Afghan Envoys Decline to Return

New York Times | Rod Norland | KABUL, Afghanistan — When it comes to expressing confidence in Afghanistan’s future, many of the country’s diplomats seem to be voting with their feet when their tours of duty end.

More than 60 percent of Afghan diplomats decide to remain abroad, a trend that has been increasing steadily, according to Omar Samad, a former ambassador to Paris. He went to the United States when he was replaced in 2011, and he is now a senior fellow at the New America Foundation. 

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