Interviews with Afghan citizens highlight the sense of insecurity that many continue to feel despite a decade of international reconstruction. Mixed progress in economic stability, women's rights, and the establishment of a central governing authority has resulted in varied experiences of individual security. Persistent violent conflict, illiteracy, and weak governance continue to undermine individual experiences of security, yet economic opportunities, personal freedoms, and feelings of safety are better than in years past. However, international efforts have been insufficient to guarantee good governance or economic security, and the upcoming withdrawal of international forces in 2014 has created anxiety about Afghanistan's future.

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