... so nobody says this is a doomy-gloomy place where you come for all the bad news. Ironically, I found this piece of good news which I am sharing here in an article otherwise promising much difficulty ahead (but that is inevitable, really). (H/t to Péter Wagner.)
"To grow the force, NATO is creating incentives, including a recent $45 raise for all police. Starting salary for a police officer is now $165 a month."
As I argued recently, if you thought of bribing the Taliban out of play, why wouldn't you think of "bribing" the Afghan police into play? This could help much with the terrible-terrible scourge of corruption.