To help a conflict-wrecked nation to get rid of instability, poverty and dilettantism, external forces, in the short term, can prove highly productive and essential. Lack of capacity, divergent approaches in decision making, absence of a unanimous pattern for adopting plans and low level of adaptability to the modern innovative ways of thinking and management cause the most horrendous effects on political, social and economic arenas of living in the post conflict countries.
In order to imbed result-oriented and practical mechanisms and practices, the nations that have lived a wartime - and thus have lost economic, social and cultural infrastructures - need continued, all-out supports from the developed nations at the beginning, while their innovation, hard work and far-sightedness remains crucial to travel the rest of the journey.
Afghanistan, as a war-plagued nation, needs to optimize presence of the international community to transform modality of thinking and mechanisms governing on politics, rebuild economic infrastructures and ensure interest-based, long term and affordable relations with key regional and international actors.
To this end, ensuring a balanced, strategic and national interest-oriented relation with neighboring and regional players remains essential. This way, Afghanistan can afford to maintain ties with partners as soon as the international community's generous supports come to an end.
Having chaired Bonn II on Afghanistan, president Karzai needs to discard tiny domestic political competitions and bargaining and should embark on a new era of strategic thinking and sustainable policies over domestic problems and foreign relations. To change the status quo, the politics and economy in Afghanistan should change.
To achieve the above-mentioned objectives, the following are exceedingly critical. First, the government, in coordination with national political parties, civil society organizations and based on the country's long term strategic goals, shall identify areas of cooperation with international community such as fighting against terrorism, state building , creating regional peace and stability, etc and find efficient and practical ways to build on it.
Secondly, there should be a view of how to reduce diversities with the key regional and international partners. It may include defining affordable strategic objectives for the country's foreign policy, transforming the currently governing tribal political culture into a more rational, reasoned and democratic one.
Thirdly, the government of Afghanistan needs to address regional concerns over its strategic relations with key regional and international partners and make them convinced to help the process get successful. And, finally, it should develop a clear, affordable and long term post-NATO economic plan to assure the process will survive once the international community stops donating.