Afghanistan: The Mirage of Peace

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Overview

Considered upon first publication by many to be too pessimistic, Johnson and Leslie's analysis of the situation in Afghanistan has proved to be tragically accurate. This updated edition adds a new chapter to the 2004 original, exploring how claims of 'success' have often proved to be hollow, as Afghanistan is increasingly portrayed as replacing Iraq as 'the bad war'. Afghanistan looks at a country now widely recognized to be in deep crisis, examining the corrosive effect of international military forces and the corruption and muddle that jeopardize efforts at state-building. As before, the analysis is rooted in the experience of ordinary Afghans and their relationship to their complex history.
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Editorial Reviews

Peter Bergen
For an authoritative account of modern Afghan history, we must turn instead to Gilles Dorronsoro's Revolution Unending. Deftly translated from the French by John King, it explains that conflict between the various ethnic groups in Afghanistan was never inevitable.
— The Washington Post
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"An indispensable book for anyone wishing to gain an understanding of what has been done in and to Afghanistan in the last 30 years."—Asian Affairs, November 2005

''A vivid, intelligent jourbaney through post 9/11 Afghanistan and the wider region ...This is a deeply sincere and intelligent book in which the voices of ordinary Afghans describe their past and their future. The most powerful book on post 9/11 Afghanistan that you will be likely to read.''—Ahmed Rashid, author

"A devastating critique of US and UN post-conflict policies in Afghanistan"—Andrew Mack, The Liu Centre, University of British Columbia in Vancouver

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  • ISBN-13: 9781842773765
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 3/2/2005
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Johnson lived in Afghanistan from 1996 to 2004. She first worked for Oxfam, then set up a joint UN/NGO/donor research unit, the Afghanistan research and Evaluation Unit, where she worked until early 2002. She then undertook a wide range of consultancy work for different organizations concerned with the transition. She now works for the United Nations Mission in Sudan.

Jolyon Leslie is an architect who has lived and worked in Afghanistan since 1989. He currently manages an urban conservation program in Kabul and Herat.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
1 The mirage of peace 1
2 Identity and society 23
3 Ideology and difference 63
4 One size fits all - Afghanistan in the new world order 84
5 The makings of a narco state? 110
6 State 135
7 Bonn and beyond, part I : the political transition 155
8 Bonn and beyond, part II : the governance transition 180
9 Concluding thoughts 209
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2005

    Useful study of how not to build a nation

    This absorbing book is written by two people who between them have worked for 20 years in aid agencies in Afghanistan. They criticise the post-war policies imposed by the US state. Even the UN Secretary-General decries `premature elections¿ and `cosmetic democracies¿. Security in Afghanistan is now worse than for years. Opposition to the US/UN occupation is growing. The US-dominated World Bank insisted that all Afghanistan¿s pre-1979 debts be paid. The Bank says privatisation is the answer to government inefficiency and corruption, so they privatised the inefficiency and corruption! They even privatised the health service, despite the universal failures of health markets. Privatisation means governments spending our money to prop up private companies. Across the world, the evidence proves that privatisation grows private fortunes, not public services or economies, and that market liberalisation destroys societies and states. Nor is foreign aid the answer. In 2003, the US state allocated $1.6 billion for rebuilding Afghanistan, but most went to outside, mostly US, `consultants¿. Only 10% resulted in finished projects. 83% of a $150 million Asian Development Bank loan for roads, power and gas went to foreign contractors. By 2002, 350 Non-Governmental Organisations, up from 46 in 1999, were competing for foreign aid funds. The authors rightly describe as `hopelessly idealistic¿ their own proposal that ¿the various international players [ugh!] have to leave their own agendas behind and start concentrating on Afghanistan.¿ The UN¿s failures in Kosovo, East Timor and now Afghanistan prove that the failures are systemic: UN intervention is part of the problem. The authors¿ contradictory ideal of `participatory intervention¿ mirrors Blair¿s imperial claim of `humanitarian intervention¿. The authors are right to say, ¿Fundamentally it is not donor money that Afghanistan needs but a working economy.¿ But how? Not through the `new form of international engagement¿ that they suggest. The Afghan people need to get the foreign occupiers out so that they can freely decide their own future. But the authors, good little empire-building missionaries that they are, argue that withdrawal would be premature, always premature. Countries need sovereignty, not foreign patronage, democracy not foreign despotism.

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