By Michael Vinay Bhatia, Mark Sedra
This is often the 1st publication to supply a accomplished evaluation of small fingers and security-related concerns in post-9/11 Afghanistan. It contains case stories which show the findings of in-depth box examine on hitherto ignored areas of the rustic, and gives a particular stability of thematic research, conceptual types and empirical study. Exploring quite a few points of armed violence and measures to take on it, the amount offers major perception into broader matters resembling the efficacy of overseas tips, the ‘shadow’ economic system, warlordism, and the Taliban-led insurgency. with a view to deconstruct and demystify Afghanistan’s alleged ‘gun culture’, it additionally explores many of the winning hindrances and possibilities dealing with the rustic in its transition interval. In so doing, the booklet deals worthwhile classes to the state-builders of Afghanistan in addition to these of alternative nations and areas suffering to emerge from sessions of transition. This booklet may be of a lot curiosity to all scholars of Afghanistan, small hands, insurgency, Asian experiences, and clash reports generally.
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Armed groups remain highly influential at all levels of society. Part III: Case studies1 Chapter 6 – Ghor Province: all against all? In Ghor, one of the most under-researched Afghan provinces, the authority and the legitimacy of community elders is crucial for the mobilization process. The creation of a provincial division of the Afghan Military Forces has increased the supply of weapons to the province and led to the mobilization of a new generation of combatants. This enabled commanders to increase their power to such an extent that they overpowered the elders 6 Introduction for their own purposes, specifically to acquire combatants, prey on opposing villages and consolidate economic and political power in the province.
26 M. Bhatia Polls and surveys conducted in Afghanistan confirm these differences in perceptions of security. Positively, an ABC news poll conducted in December 2005 (with a limited random sample of 1,039 adults in 31 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces) indicated that 77 per cent of Afghans believe ‘their country is headed in the right direction,’ 91 per cent ‘prefer the current Afghan government to the Taliban regime’ and 75 per cent indicate that ‘their security from crime and violence has improved as well’ (Langer, 2005).
The creation of a provincial division of the Afghan Military Forces has increased the supply of weapons to the province and led to the mobilization of a new generation of combatants. This enabled commanders to increase their power to such an extent that they overpowered the elders 6 Introduction for their own purposes, specifically to acquire combatants, prey on opposing villages and consolidate economic and political power in the province. Chapter 7 – Paktya Province: sources of order and disorder In Paktya Province, the influence of community elders is restricted to the mobilization of tribal police.