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Transition in Afghanistan Hope, Despair and the Limits of Statebuilding

Author: William Maley
Publisher: Milton New York Routledge 2018
Series: Durham Modern Middle East and Islamic World, 45
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English
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Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication -- Table of Contents -- List of illustrations -- Acknowledgments -- 1 Introduction -- Notes -- 2 The unravelling of Afghanistan -- Afghan society -- The development of the Afghan state -- The crises of 1978-1979 -- The Soviet-Afghan War -- Post-Soviet turmoil: Mujahideen and Taliban -- Notes -- PART 1: Statebuilding and reconstruction -- 3
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Transition in Afghanistan : Hope, Despair and the Limits of Statebuilding.
Milton : Routledge, ©2018
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William Maley
ISBN: 9781315143071 1315143070 9781138308718 1138308714
OCLC Number: 1039090797
Description: 1 Online-Ressource (xi, 259 Seiten)
Series Title: Durham Modern Middle East and Islamic World, 45
Responsibility: William Maley

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Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication -- Table of Contents -- List of illustrations -- Acknowledgments -- 1 Introduction -- Notes -- 2 The unravelling of Afghanistan -- Afghan society -- The development of the Afghan state -- The crises of 1978-1979 -- The Soviet-Afghan War -- Post-Soviet turmoil: Mujahideen and Taliban -- Notes -- PART 1: Statebuilding and reconstruction -- 3 Statebuilding: Challenges and pathologies -- Conundrums of statebuilding -- Design flaws -- Pathologies of the state -- State, society and security -- Conclusion -- Notes -- 4 Political development: Mass, elite, and institutional dimensions -- Dimensions of political development -- Mass dimensions -- Elite dimensions -- Institutions and networks -- Conclusion -- Notes -- 5 Reconstruction: A critical assessment -- Some context -- Reconstruction and politics: some key choices -- Some lessons from the reconstruction experience -- Conclusions -- Notes -- PART 2: Democracy and elections -- 6 Democracy and legitimation: Challenges in the reconstitution of political processes -- Concepts of 'democracy' -- Statebuilding and legitimation -- The 'right to democratic governance' -- Limits of electoral processes -- Transition challenges in Afghanistan -- Conclusion -- Notes -- 7 Afghan elections: From the sublime to the ridiculous? -- Some background -- The appropriateness of democratic choice -- The constitutional framework for elections -- The new electoral era: 2004 and 2005 -- The experience and lessons of 2009 and 2010 -- The crisis of 2014 -- Conclusion -- Notes -- PART 3: Law and human rights -- 8 The rule of law and the weight of politics: Challenges and trajectories -- Approaches to the rule of law -- Law in Afghanistan -- Challenges in establishing the rule of law -- Afghan experiences after 2001 -- The 2010-2011 'Special Court' affair

Conclusion -- Notes -- 9 Human rights in Afghanistan -- Human rights thinking -- Afghanistan before 1978 -- The communist regime -- The Mujahideen era -- The Taliban -- Developments since 2001 -- Conclusion -- Notes -- PART 4: War -- 10 Surviving in a war zone: The problem of civilian casualties -- Dealing with civilian casualties -- War and violence in Afghanistan before 2001 -- Civilian casualties in contemporary Afghanistan -- Political consequences of civilian casualties -- Addressing the problem of civilian casualties -- Conclusion -- Notes -- 11 Pakistan-Afghanistan relations -- Pakistan-Afghanistan relations: some history -- Pakistan-Afghanistan relations in the communist era -- The era of 'Manipulated Fraternity' (1992-2001) -- The dual-track relationship after 2001 -- Conclusion -- Notes -- 12 US-Afghanistan relations -- The US policy context -- The limitations of US policy -- Innovation under Obama -- Limitations of the Obama approach -- Conclusion -- Notes -- 13 Talking to the Taliban -- The shape of the Taliban -- Dimensions of negotiation -- Attempts at engagement -- Obstacles to a 'negotiated settlement' -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Conclusion -- 14 Alternative futures for Afghanistan -- Changing course -- Regional solutions and regional influences -- Ethnic conflict and terrorism -- In lieu of a conclusion: some scenarios -- Notes -- Index

This book, by one of the most experienced authorities on the subject, presents a deep analysis of the very difficult current situation in Afghanistan. Covering a wide range of important subjects including state-building, democracy, war, the rule of law, and international relations, the book draws out two overarching key factors: the way in which the prevailing neopatrimonial political order has become entrenched, making it very difficult for any other political order to take root; and the hostile region in which Afghanistan is located, especially the way in which an ongoing 'creeping invasion' from Pakistani territory has compromised the aspirations of both the Afghan government and its international backers to move the country to a more stable position.

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