Paper $33.95 ISBN: 9781842779569 Published September 2008 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $108.95 ISBN: 9781842779552 Published September 2008 For sale in North and South America only

Afghanistan

The Mirage of Peace

Chris Johnson and Jolyon Leslie

Afghanistan

Chris Johnson and Jolyon Leslie

Distributed for Zed Books

272 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5 | © 2008
Paper $33.95 ISBN: 9781842779569 Published September 2008 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $108.95 ISBN: 9781842779552 Published September 2008 For sale in North and South America only
Widely portrayed as the 'success of the war on terror', Afghanistan is now in crisis. Increasingly detached from the people it is meant to serve, and unable to manage the massive amounts of aid that it has sought, the administration in Kabul struggles to govern even the diminishing areas of the country over which it has some sway. Whatever political progress that has been possible now takes place against a backdrop of mounting casualties among innocent Afghan civilians and NATO troops. Many Afghans feel themselves to be trapped, hostage between two forces, both of which claim to be their liberators. Perceived by some to be part of a wider struggle that extends to Iraq and Palestine, NATO's campaign in the south seems 'unwinnable'. Now, more than ever, it is important to understand Afghanistan and examine the recent experience of international engagement, and the myths and half-truths that abound.

Drawing on long experience of living and working in Afghanistan, Chris Johnson and Jolyon Leslie examine what the changes of recent years have meant in terms of Afghans' sense of their own identity and hopes for the future. They argue that lasting peace and stability will only be brought about through a form of engagement that respects the rights of Afghans to determine their own political future, while delivering on the responsibilities that come with military intervention.
Contents
Illustrations
Abbreviations
Glossary
Preface to first edition
Preface to new edition
Foreword - William Maley
Map
1. The mirage of peace
2. Identity and society
3. Ideology and difference
4. One size fits all - Afghanistan in the new world order
5. The makings of a narco-state?
6. State
7. Bonn and beyond, part 1: The political transition
8. Bonn and beyond, part 2: The governance transition
9. Concluding Thoughts
Who's who
Parties
An Afghan chronology
Further reading
References
Index
For more information, or to order this book, please visit http://www.press.uchicago.edu
Google preview here