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Monitoring the ‘Real’ Afghan Economy Under Taliban Rule

As the Taliban pushed toward victory last summer, L4P published a groundbreaking report on the economy of Nimroz province. In this blog, co-author Graeme Smith revisits the paper. He argues that the experimental methodology that was used to map resource flows and revenues could also help answer some crucial questions about the emerging political economy of the Taliban regime.

Published: 14 March 2022

Authors: Graeme Smith

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