Afghanistan’s Minerals: Past and Present

Authors: Ghazal Habibyar and Javed Noorani

The paper analyses the main factors that contribute towards the development of extractive industries, what their status was in post-2001 Afghanistan, and what the state of extractive industries was at the time the Republic collapsed. It then investigates the current governance structure and the potential risks that it imposes.

This publication is part of a series highlighting the work and analysis of the Afghanistan Research Network (ARN), a project convened by LSE / PeaceRep, and the Civic Engagement Project (CEP). The network brings together over 20 Afghan researchers (and several non-Afghans) with diverse expertise and backgrounds investigating a range of issues. This project aims to support Afghan researchers who were recently forced to leave Afghanistan; to ensure expert and analytical provision; inform contextually-appropriate international policies and practices on Afghanistan; and to deepen understanding of evolving political, security, and economic dynamics.

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