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The main purpose of this thesis is to evaluate Afghanistan's future economic prospects especially in the aftermath of Russian occupation and the prolonged Islamist armed resistance by the peoples of Afghanistan. To achieve this goal, it is, however, necessary to provide some historical background about the country and to review the nation's economic progress before the onset of the Russian war (1979-1989) . While the presentation of this thesis has a historical dimension, it investigates and evaluates the consequences of communist rule and Soviet occupation. The thesis contains several parts including a conclusion and a policy recommendation. However, the problems of economic reconstruction and development in war ravaged Afghanistan are deep rooted and complies requiring many areas of study. Lack of data suitable for econometric analysis precludes the use of econometric techniques while proposing a policy recommendation.