Transition in Afghanistan: Hope, Despair and the Limits of Statebuilding, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

Transition in Afghanistan

Hope, Despair and the Limits of Statebuilding, 1st Edition

By William Maley

Routledge

260 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Acknowledgments

Map

1. Introduction

2. The unravelling of Afghanistan

Statebuilding and reconstruction

3. Statebuilding: challenges and pathologies

4. Political development: mass, elite and institutional dimensions

5. Reconstruction: a critical assessment

Democracy and elections

6. Democracy and legitimation: challenges in the reconstitution of political processes

7. Afghan elections: from the sublime to the ridiculous?

Law and Human Rights

8. The rule of law and the weight of politics: challenges and trajectories

9. Human rights in Afghanistan

War

10. Surviving in a war zone: the problem of civilian casualties

11. Pakistan-Afghanistan relations

12. US-Afghanistan relations

13. Talking to the Taliban

Conclusion

14. Alternative futures for Afghanistan

Index

About the Author

William Maley is Professor of Diplomacy, Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, The Australian National University

About the Series

Durham Modern Middle East and Islamic World Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General