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When more is less : the international project in Afghanistan

Author: Astri Suhrke
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Western-led efforts to establish a post-Taliban order in Afghanistan are in serious jeopardy. Beginning with the dynamics of Western intervention and its parallel peacebuilding mission, Astri Suhrke examines the forces that have shaped this grand international project and the apparent systemic bias toward deeper and broader international involvement ... Her main argument is that the international project to  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Astri Suhrke
ISBN: 9780199327560 0199327564 9780231702720 0231702728 9780231800662 0231800665
OCLC Number: 730413690
Description: x, 293 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction : the liberal project --
The point of entry : a light footprint --
American boots on the ground --
Providing security assistance --
Building the state --
Designing a democratic transition --
Reforming the legal system --
Conclusions : scaling down.
Responsibility: Astri Suhrke.

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"Western-led efforts to establish a post-Taliban order in Afghanistan are in serious jeopardy. Beginning with the dynamics of Western intervention and its parallel peacebuilding mission, Astri Suhrke examines the forces that have shaped this grand international project and the apparent systemic bias toward deeper and broader international involvement ... Her main argument is that the international project to reconstruct Afghanistan contains serious tensions and contradictions that have significantly impeded progress. As a result, deepening Western involvement in the region has been dysfunctional rather than helpful, and massive international support has created an extensively weak, corrupt, and unaccountable state. U.S.-led military operations have only undermined the peacebuilding agenda, and increased international aid and monitoring have only led to Afghan resentment and evasion. Suhrke instead proposes a less intrusive international presence and recommends a longer time-frame for carrying out reconstruction. She also encourages negotiations with militants to introduce a more Afghan-directed order."--Jacket.

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A brilliant expose of the failure of international efforts to construct a stable post-Taliban order in Afghanistan. Suhrke's analysis is to the point and very balanced, and her conclusions are very Read more...

 
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