Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 08/2014

State-building and the rule of law: lessons from Afghanistan?

Sari Kouvo

March 2009

NATO Defense College


This paper provides an analysis of the ongoing stabilization and state-building process in Afghanistan with a focus on rule of law. It has two aims: first, to situate rule of law reform within the framework of the broader stabilization and state-building effort in Afghanistan. Second, to analyze if and how the internationally-supported and implemented strategies for rule of law reform are contributing to the promotion of rule of law in Afghanistan.