The U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Afghanistan/Pakistan Office (INL/AP) funded The Rule of Law in Afghanistan: A Primer for Practitioners (February 2014), prepared by Touchpoint’s CEO, Kristine Ziems. The Primer is designed to provide a practical introduction to rule of law development in Afghanistan. The topics covered by the Primer...range from the structure of the Afghan Government and the criminal justice system – including Shari’a law and traditional dispute mechanisms in Afghanistan, to efforts to combat corruption, counter narcotics, and develop the Afghan National Police. The Primer is a valuable tool for practitioners working in Afghanistan as well as policy and decision makers. The Primer outlines current issues, providing a historic context, which can help refine the issues and shape future engagement not only with the Afghan Government, but also with our international partners.