Author: Daron Acemoglu

Petersberg near Bonn, Germany, UN Special Representative for Afghanistan Lakhdar Brahimi, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder (l-r) stand together for a "family photo" at Petersberg near Bonn on 2 December 2002 at the start of the international Afghanistan conference (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

The West's neo-colonialism

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