By Chris Johnson

ISBN-10: 1842779559

ISBN-13: 9781842779552

ISBN-10: 1842779567

ISBN-13: 9781842779569

Generally portrayed because the "success of the conflict on terror," Afghanistan is now in difficulty. more and more indifferent from the folks it truly is intended to serve, and not able to regulate the big quantities of relief that it has sought, the management in Kabul struggles to control even the diminishing parts of the rustic over which it has a few sway. Many Afghans consider themselves to be trapped, hostage among forces, either claiming to be their liberators. Drawing on lengthy event of dwelling and dealing in Afghanistan, Chris Johnson and Jolyon Leslie learn what the alterations of modern years have intended by way of Afghans' experience in their personal id and hopes for the long run.

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In a scenario that had disturbing resonances of the Soviet occupation, the ongoing military campaign then moved to the pursuit of remnants of these forces into rural areas, particularly in the south and east of the country. The hubris of American military policy led to the unrealistic goal of eradicating the remnants of the Taliban and al-Qa’eda over a vast and mountainous territory, with highly porous borders into the adjoining tribal areas in north and western Pakistan. Even if it had proved possible to hunt down elements of al-Qa’eda, it would have been impossible to root out the surviving leaders of the Taliban in their heartland, where they could simply change their turbans and become something else.

For example, there have been suggestions that peacekeepers should monitor customs revenue collection in one region, while training the police in another. Whatever the mandate, the question remains: does the international community have the will to be more assertive in efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan? The early indications are that it does not. Those countries contributing troops to ISAF, which has been under NATO command since August 2003, seem wary of deploying them elsewhere for the time being.

11 Yet in the apparent absence of a coherent political strategy, the ‘PRT-effect’ seems to remain the single big idea for regional stabilÂ� ization. While there is little doubt that the presence of international peacekeepers elsewhere in the country could help to build confidence, there is an urgent need to clarify the mandate of the NATO-led PRTs. Their greatest potential clearly lies in improving security, both through acting as a deterrent to the factions, which implies credible threats of force, and as a support to Afghan negotiated peace agreements and disarmament.

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