Transition in Afghanistan: Hope, Despair and the Limits of Statebuilding

Transition in Afghanistan: Hope, Despair and the Limits of Statebuilding

Author/s (editor/s):

William Maley

Publication year:

2018

Publication type:

Book

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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