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Afghanistan - Challenges and Prospects
Published by Routledge
After decades of turmoil a new phase is opening up for Afghanistan, in which a new generation comes to the fore as many of the key players from earlier phases, including foreign interventionist powers, leave the scene. Although this new phase offers new possibilities and increased hope for Afghanistan's future, the huge problems created in earlier phases remain. This book presents a comprehensive overall assessment of the current state of politics and society in Afghanistan, outlining the difficulties and discussing the future possibilities. Many of the contributors are Afghans or Afghan insiders, who are able to put forward a much richer view of the situation than outside foreign observers.
1. Contextualising Afghanistan's Transitions: Influences and Challenges, Srinjoy Bose and William Maley 2. Neither war nor peace, Paula R. Newberg Part I: The Politics of the State 3. The State and Community Self-Governance: Paths to Stability and Human Security in post-2014 Afghanistan, M. Nazif Shahrani 4. State strength and the rule of law, William Maley 5. Revenue and statebuilding in Afghanistan, Nematullah Bizhan Part II: State, society and governance 6. Getting the Politics Right: Beyond 'Good Governance' in Afghanistan, Jonathan Goodhand 7. Strongman Provincial Governance, Dipali Mukhopadhyay 8. Afghanistan's Political Parties: A Tale of Incomplete Reform and Transformation, Srinjoy Bose and Niamatullah Ibrahimi Part III: Social change 9. Afghan Youth and 'Soft Radicalisation': Emerging Social Forces, Shaharzad Akbar 10. Challenges to Sustainable Livelihoods and Socio-economic Development in a Post-ISAF Environment, Mahmoda Sonia Eqbal 11. Internal Displacement in Afghanistan: The Tip of the Iceberg, Susanne Schmeidl Part IV: Afghanistan and the World 12. Mapping the future of US-Pakistan relations vis-a-vis Afghanistan Post-Withdrawal, Frederic Grare 13. Prospects for Iran and Afghan Relations, Shahram Akbarzadeh 14. Afghanistan and the Regional Insecurity Contagion, Nishank Motwani 15. Neutrality and Its Place in Afghanistan's Foreign Policy, Nasir Andisha
Srinjoy Bose is a Senior Teaching Fellow in the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University, UK. Nishank Motwani is a Visiting Fellow in the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy at The Australian National University. William Maley is Professor of Diplomacy, Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, The Australian National University.
Reviewer: Caleb Simmons
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