International Conference in Bonn What Afghanistan Really Needs

The international conference on Afghanistan, which begins on Monday in Bonn, is supposed to convince Kabul that the West will not abandon it after foreign troops leave in 2014. But if the meeting is to be more than just a show, the international community needs to abandon its ideas of imposing Western values on the country.
Von Olaf Ihlau
Afghan delegates listen to a speech by President Hamid Karzai in Afghanistan in November.

Afghan delegates listen to a speech by President Hamid Karzai in Afghanistan in November.

Foto: S. Sabawoon/ dpa