Nation-Building Unraveled?: Aid, Peace and Justice in Afghanistan

Nation-Building Unraveled?: Aid, Peace and Justice in Afghanistan


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Nation-Building Unraveled?: Aid, Peace and Justice in Afghanistan by Antonio Donini

*Uses Afghanistan as a case-study that can be applied internationally
*Contributors have direct political and human rights experience in the field

The prevailing wisdom about post-conflict reconstruction is centered on the notion of nation-building. In the globalized post-September 11th world, can military might and technological solutions foster stability by enforcing democracy from the outside?

Written by key practitioners and analysts involved in the Afghan crisis, Nation-Building Unraveled? explains how emerging international “ordering” practices affect the role and policy of international actors, such as United Nations agencies and international NGOs, their interaction with national authorities and local communities, and their ability to generate just and social outcomes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565491816
Publisher: Kumarian Press, Inc.
Publication date: 11/28/2003
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

About the Author

Antonio Donini is Senior Researcher at the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University.

Norah Niland worked in Afghanistan as the Senior UN Human Rights Advisor from January 1999 to June 2002. She is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Human Security at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

Karin Wermester is currently working in the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator’s Office in the Sudan.

Table of Contents

Map of Afghanistanxvii
2Afghanistan, War, Aid, and International Order9
Part 1Governing the Periphery with Aid, Peace, and Justice
3The Politics of Peace-building: Year One: From Bonn to Kabul39
4Justice Postponed: The Marginalization of Human Rights in Afghanistan61
5The Struggle for Hearts and Minds: The Military, Aid, and the Media83
6Afghan Women on the Margins of the Twenty-first Century95
Part 2Politics and Humanitarianism After September 11
7Principles, Politics, and Pragmatism in the International Response to the Afghan Crisis117
8The Dilemma of Humanitarianism in the Post-Taliban Transition143
9Political Projects: Reform, Aid, and the State in Afghanistan166
10Old Woods, New Paths, and Diverging Choices for NGOs187
11Aid, Peace, and Justice in a Reordered World207
About the Contributors227

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