Empires of Mud: The Neo-Taliban Insurgency in Afghanistan 2002-2007

Empires of Mud: The Neo-Taliban Insurgency in Afghanistan 2002-2007

by Antonio Giustozzi
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231700806

ISBN-13: 9780231700801

Pub. Date: 11/02/2009

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Warlords are charismatic leaders who exploit weak authorities to gain control of subnational areas. Nevertheless, warlords do in fact participate in state formation, and this book considers the dynamics of warlordism within the context of such debates. Antonio Giustozzi begins with aspects of the Afghan environment that are conducive to the fragmentation of central

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Warlords are charismatic leaders who exploit weak authorities to gain control of subnational areas. Nevertheless, warlords do in fact participate in state formation, and this book considers the dynamics of warlordism within the context of such debates. Antonio Giustozzi begins with aspects of the Afghan environment that are conducive to the fragmentation of central authority and the emergence of warlords. He then accounts for the phenomenon from the 1980s to today, considering Afghanistan's two foremost warlords, Ismail Khan and Abdul Rashid Dostum, along with their political, economic, and military systems of rule.

Despite the intervention of Allied forces in 2001, both of these leaders continue to wield considerable power. Giustozzi studies the similarities and differences between their administrations and compares them against the ascendance of a third warlord, Ahmad Shah Massoud, who incorporates similar elements of rule. Giustozzi identifies prevalent themes in the emergence of warlordism, particularly the role of local military leaders and their gradual acquisition of "class consciousness." He then tracks the evolution of this strategy into a more sophisticated state-like, or political-party-like, structure.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231700801
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
11/02/2009
Series:
Columbia/Hurst Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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