By Michael Vinay Bhatia, Mark Sedra

This is often the 1st e-book to supply a entire evaluate of small palms and security-related concerns in post-9/11 Afghanistan. It comprises case reports which display the findings of in-depth box study on hitherto missed areas of the rustic, and offers a particular stability of thematic research, conceptual types and empirical study. Exploring a variety of points of armed violence and measures to take on it, the amount offers major perception into broader concerns equivalent to the efficacy of foreign information, the ‘shadow’ financial system, warlordism, and the Taliban-led insurgency. so that it will deconstruct and demystify Afghanistan’s alleged ‘gun culture’, it additionally explores a few of the triumphing stumbling blocks and possibilities dealing with the rustic in its transition interval. In so doing, the ebook deals worthy classes to the state-builders of Afghanistan in addition to these of alternative international locations and areas suffering to emerge from classes of transition. This e-book could be of a lot curiosity to all scholars of Afghanistan, small fingers, insurgency, Asian reports, and clash stories mostly.  

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According to UNDP: human rights organizations have noted extortion, harassment and violence against civilians at military and police checkpoints; the forced conscription of civilians, including under age boys; abductions; arbitrary and politically motivated arrests; and some extrajudicial killings by the police and other security forces. (UNDP, 2004, p. 83) The 2005 US State Department Country Human Rights Report identifies a wide variety of current human rights problems, including: ‘extrajudicial killings; torture; poor prison conditions; official impunity; prolonged pretrial detention; abuse of authority by regional commanders; restrictions on freedoms of press, religion, movement, and association; and violence and societal discrimination against women and minorities’ (USDOS, 2006a).

53, 81). 1), from the Emergency and Constitutional Loya Jirgas to the 2005 parliamentary elections. Not only have commanders and militias sought to intimidate voters, during both the registration and voter phase, but they have actively sought to crowd out other candidates for power. Currently, the National Assembly is substantially constituted by figures from political-military parties (Wilder, 2005). In the 2005 parliamentary elections, candidates with jihadist credentials had a 60 per cent success rate when running for the Wolesi Jirga and an 80 per cent success rate in the provincial councils.

As will be demonstrated throughout this book, it is an appropriate description for Afghan politics over the past three decades. This chapter reveals how, after three decades of armed conflict and arms transfers, security remains the primary concern of Afghans and disarmament is overwhelmingly supported by the majority of the Afghan citizenry. The chapter examines the varied domains in which insecurity is felt – chronicling both the legacy of conflict (in terms of victimization, underdevelopment, chronic deprivation and psychological trauma) and its varied dimensions.

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