Afghanistan and Its Neighbors after the NATO Withdrawal

Author: Amin Saikal

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781498529136

Category: History

Page: 241

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The planned reductions in NATO troop numbers in Afghanistan through 2015 and a final withdrawal at the end of 2016 brings up numerous pressing questions about the security and national interests of not just Afghanistan, but of the broader region itself. The problem of a chaotic Afghanistan—or of an outright Taliban victory—is of great concern to not only immediate neighbors such as Iran, Pakistan, and the former Soviet Central Asian republics to the north, but also to those countries in the region with Afghanistan-related security or economic concerns, such as China and India. Further abroad, Russian, American and European interests and plans for dealing with the fallout from Afghanistan must also be taken into account as these major powers have enduring interests in Afghanistan and the region. This volume puts the prospects for short- and mid-term security dynamics at the core of the analysis, with each case being placed in its proper contemporary historical, economic, and political context. The book will offer a truly comprehensive, nuanced, and timely account of the security situation in and around Afghanistan.
Language Policy and Language Conflict in Afghanistan and Its Neighbors

Author: Harold Schiffman

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004201453

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 389

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The contribution of this collection of articles is to construct an updated picture of languages and language policy in and around Afghanistan, and give potential language learners a clearer picture of what kinds of resources exist, and what is still needed. The book was co-edited by Brian Spooner, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Central Asia and Its Asian Neighbors

Author: Rollie Lal

Publisher: Rand Corporation

ISBN: UOM:39015064121513

Category: Political Science

Page: 44

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China, Iran, Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan are critical players in the security and economic issues that will determine the future of Central Asia and affect U.S. interests in the region. By assessing the developing relations between Central Asia and its neighbors, it is evident that each country stands to benefit from stability and economic growth in Central Asia, but opinion toward U.S. presence and policy in the region could be a point of conflict.
Afghanistan's Endless War

Author: Larry P. Goodson

Publisher: University of Washington Press

ISBN: 0295980508

Category: History

Page: 284

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Analyzes the geopolitical situation of post-Cold War Afghanistan; its interior ethnic, religious, social, and geographical differences; the effects of the Afghan war; and the changes that the Taliban have wrought on the nation.
Partners for Stability

Author: Henning Riecke

Publisher: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft Mbh & Company

ISBN: 3832964479

Category: Political Science

Page: 279

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It is necessary for Afghanistan's neighbors to become part of the country's reconstruction - Iran, China, Tadjikistan, Russia, and India have complex interests in the conflict-ridden country and seek to position themselves for the drawdown of the Western presence. Cross border issues, such as drug trafficking or Islamism, as well as rich resources, connect the fate of Afghanistan to that of its neighbors. Pakistan, in particular, as safe haven for the Taliban, is both a partner of Afghanistan and a source of its problems. The regional approach is a crucial element of any future vision for the Hindukush. The allies in the International Security Assistance Force have no strategy on how to win these diverse neighbors as partners - while the decision on withdrawal has already been made. In this collection, specialists from the US, Europe, and Central Asia discuss this concern. Special attention is given to the role of NATO and the European Union in creating regional partnerships. The book's contributors debated the papers at DGAP workshops in Berlin, Washington, and Brussels, supported by the German Marshall Fund of the US. (Series: DGAP-Miscellanies about International Politics / DGAP-Schriften zur Internationalen Politik)
Recovering the Frontier State

Author: Rasul Bakhsh Rais

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739137024

Category: Social Science

Page: 252

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This book examines the prospects for rebuilding state and nation in Afghanistan with regard to 'Operation Enduring Freedom' carried out by the international coalition. It starts off by delineating the conceptual basis of Afghanistan's status as a frontier state. Looking at geo_strategic aspects Afghanistan's position as an historical buffer between empires and its internal characteristics-_weak authority structure, internal conflicts, interventions by neighbors, legitimacy of internal conquest, and trans-national ethnicities, the book provides insights into the unique geo-political context of Afghanistan. Whilst the author deems the legacy of the previous intervention for containment as a major contributing factor to the disorder in Afghanistan's state and society, he draws on lessons from the past intervention to assuage current obstacles and stalemate that is hindering political, social, and economic development in Afghanistan. Focusing on the impediments to development in Afghanistan, the background against which the problem needs to be analyzed, and consequently countered, is effectively set out. Incessant war and insurgency has led to mobilization along ethnic and religious lines in Afghanistan and has had profound effects on the kinds of intuitions that have perpetuated over time. Ethnic and religious groups have applied constant pressure on the state and this dissonance has had enduring negative consequences on nation building, social cohesion, and state-society relationships. Pre-emptive and reactive intervention by neighboring states and their links to ethnic groups inside Afghanistan is another dimension which is analyzed. An extensive exploration into the geo-political history of social groups of Afghanistan with an intensive account of the rise of various power contenders as a function of their history, their links with external actors, and their traditional position in the indigenous vertical hierarchy are made. Unconventional war and counter-insurgency operations funded by foreign and local elements are examined and policy guidelines for negotiations and conflict resolution are discussed. The work provides fresh insights into the rise of the Taliban, and adds further to the scholarly debate about the causes for the consolidation of Taliban power. It traces the history of the Afghan crisis, and critically evaluates the roles played by different national and international actors. A major contribution of the work is the articulation of the need for an integrated nation and state building strategy which takes into account the sensitivities of the Afghanistan experience instead of treating it like other post-conflict zones.
Afghanistan's Endless War

Author: Larry P. Goodson

Publisher: University of Washington Press

ISBN: 0295981113

Category: History

Page: 292

View: 353

Analyzes the geopolitical situation of post-Cold War Afghanistan; its interior ethnic, religious, social, and geographical differences; the effects of the Afghan war; and the changes that the Taliban have wrought on the nation.
China’s Neighbors

Author: Dezan Shira & Associates

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3642276148

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 83

View: 536

Designed with the foreign investor in mind, this guide presents region and city-specific intelligence available through few other English sources. Its pages overview the region from a business standpoint, examine the economy of the region's provinces and prominent cities in depth, and introduce the basics of establishing a business in the region. With detailed economic indicators and primary research largely from Chinese government and news sources, this guide is an accessible and engaging compilation of the practical information you need for doing business in the region. This is part of a five book business guide series: the Yangtze River Delta, Beijing and Northeast China, South China and the Greater Pearl River Delta, Central China and West China.​
A Geography of Russia and Its Neighbors

Author: Mikhail S. Blinnikov

Publisher: Guilford Publications

ISBN: 9781462544615

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 538

View: 766

Authoritative yet accessible, the definitive undergraduate text on Russian geography and culture has now been thoroughly revised with current data and timely topics, such as the annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol and other background for understanding Russia's 2022 invasion of Ukraine. Thematic chapters provide up-to-date coverage of Russia's physical, political, cultural, and economic geography. Regional chapters focus on the country's major regions and the other 14 former Soviet republics. Written in a lucid, conversational style by a Russian-born international expert, the concise chapters interweave vivid descriptions of urban and rural landscapes, examinations of Soviet and post-Soviet life, deep knowledge of environmental and conservation issues, geopolitical insights, engaging anecdotes, and rigorous empirical data. Over 200 original maps, photographs, and other figures are also available as PowerPoint slides at the companion website, many in color. New to This Edition *Separate chapter on Ukraine and Crimea, covering events through 2019. *Timely topics--the political crisis in Ukraine and annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol; the return of Putin as president; climate change and environmental degradation; economic slowdown; political shifts in the republics; the role of Russian-backed forces in Syria, Libya, and Central African Republic; changes in Russia–United States relations; and more. *Thoroughly updated population, economic, and political data. *80 new or updated figures, tables, and maps. Pedagogical Features *End-of-chapter review questions, suggested assignments, and in-class exercises. *Within-chapter vignettes about Russian places, culture, and history. *End-of-chapter Internet resources and suggestions for further reading. *Companion website with all figures and maps from the book, many in full color.
The Key to My Neighbor's House

Author: Elizabeth Neuffer

Publisher: Picador

ISBN: 9781250082718

Category: Social Science

Page: 544

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Interviewing war criminals and their victims, Neuffer explains, through the voices of people she follows over the course of a decade, how genocide erodes a nation's social and political environment. Her characters' stories and their competing notions of justice-from searching for the bodies of loved ones, to demanding war crime trials, to seeking bloody revenge-convinces readers that crimes against humanity cannot be resolved by simple talk of forgiveness,or through the more common recourse to forgetfulness.