Security, Development and Violence in Afghanistan: Everyday Stories of Intervention, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Security, Development and Violence in Afghanistan

Everyday Stories of Intervention, 1st Edition

By Althea-Maria Rivas


224 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Security, Development and Violence in Afghanistan provides a unique insight into the lived realities of the international intervention in Afghanistan and highlights the diversity, relationships and interdependence of various groups including both external actors and Afghan communities. Analysis of the international intervention in Afghanistan following the post 9/11 invasion in 2001, one of the largest and most expensive in history, tends to focus on the perspective of organizational dynamics and policies or external actors. Drawing on the author’s five years of experience living and working in Afghanistan, this book uses ethnographic methodologies to explore the micro-level interactions between different actors, showing how communities, soldiers, aid workers, UN officials and local leaders navigated shifting security, development and conflict dynamics.

Starting with a contextual introduction to the intervention and the key debates surrounding it, this book goes on to explore the stories of security, development and violence as constructed through official policy discourse, and then through the lived experiences of interveners and civilians and local actors. The book weaves a compelling narrative which links local and global issues and focuses on the everyday practices, relationships and acts of resistance which take place in two provinces of Afghanistan. Finally, the author highlights what this book’s findings mean both for what we know about Afghanistan and for how we understand international interventions and the everyday dynamics between actors who live and work in spaces of conflict.

Security, Development and Violence in Afghanistan: Everyday Stories of Intervention will be of considerable interest to scholars and professionals with an interest in Afghanistan, aid work, humanitarian intervention, development studies, and peace and conflict studies.

Table of Contents


1. The Policy Stories: Afghanistan, Intervention and Exit

2. The Intervener Stories

3. Civil-Military Stories: Structures, Boundaries and Hierarchies

4. Qarabagh Stories

5. Behsud Stories 


About the Author

Dr. Althea-Maria Rivas is a Lecturer at the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS), University of London in Development Studies. Her work focuses on the politics of violence, humanitarian intervention, post-conflict reconstruction and transitional justice. Her academic work is complimented by 12 years of professional experience in diplomacy, development, gender relations and equality and humanitarian action in Central Asia and East, and West Africa.

About the Series

Routledge Explorations in Development Studies

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In terms of theory and method, rather than basing itself on any one orthodoxy, the series draws broadly on the tool kit of the social sciences in general, emphasizing comparison, the analysis of the structure and processes, and the application of qualitative and quantitative methods.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries