Afghanistan’s Mineral Fortune: Multinational influence and development in a post-war economy

The history of development of natural resources in Afghanistan has been fraught with international intrigue for several centuries. At the present time a future in Afghanistan without a continuation of multinational competition does not look likely, although the stakes may seem to have increased. A look back into early resource developments in the country may offer better comprehension of problems to avoid and best possible procedures for success and for the betterment of the beleaguered people of Afghanistan, as well as insights to reduce regional tensions. This paper is about the newly developing role of natural resources in helping heal the divided nation, although the potential for severe failure exists as well, and must be carefully guarded against lest that become an unfortunate alternate reality. Original Source :