03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Nick Horne, Resigning UN Officer: We Must Force Political Change In Afghanistan, Or Fail

Two days ago, I left the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan because, as I stated in my resignation letter, "I have believed for some time that the mission and indeed the engagement of the international community in Afghanistan were failing to tackle the fundamental political issues underlying the insurgency". I had worked for UNAMA since June 2007, first in the southeast of the country, and then, from the start of this year, at the headquarters in Kabul, joining Peter Galbraith's political team on election day.

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