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After the Taliban: Life and Security in Rural Afghanistan [Kindle Edition]

Neamatollah Nojumi
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Despite the fall of the Taliban, Afghanistan remains a country in dire need of strong international support. Only with an understanding of the conditions in both urban and rural areas will the international community be able to offer aid and remain committed to long-term development.

This fascinating and clearly written book mines a rich and unique array of data, which was collected in rural areas of Afghanistan by an expert team of researchers, to analyze countrywide trends in the relationship between human security and livelihoods. The team's research and recommendations, published here for the first time, suggest that international assistance or national development strategies that ignore the long-term developmental and structural goals and sideline the moderate elements of Afghan society will be doomed to failure.

The authors' deeply informed policy recommendations will help to focus further action on vital issues such as co-optation of aid by armed political groups; water scarcity; contamination and degradation of the environment; education; health care; agriculture, livestock, and land health; and justice. A valuable resource for students, policymakers, donor governments, and national and international organizations,
After the Taliban opens a rare window into the otherwise hidden lives of the people of rural Afghanistan.


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A welcome contribution on what is needed between the international community and the Afghan population: renewed trust. The authors help us better understand how enhancing the human security and livelihoods of Afghans sets the framework for reconstructing peace, dignity, and hope. (Ariane Brunet )

An important and captivating book that contains one of the first analyses of local perceptions of human security in the immediate aftermath of the demise of the Taliban regime. It demonstrates that evidence-based research can play a crucial part in informing policy development. Donors, aid agencies, and scholars should pay more attention to research that puts the 'view from below’ at its core. (Donini, Antonio )

[A] detailed study of the terrible insecurity in which Afghans live. . . . Highly recommended. (Choice )

This excellent book develops a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of the situation of the Afghan people as they face current and emerging threats to their security. The authors bring both an intimate understanding of the complex social structures relevant in Afghanistan and empirical evidence of the causes and consequences of human insecurity in the country. (Annalies Borrel )

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"A welcome contribution on what is needed between the international community and the Afghan population: renewed trust. This book highlights how stable livelihoods, human and women's rights, just governance, civil society development, security sector development and reform, and the establishment of a credible judiciary accessible to all are critical to Afghanistan's future. The authors help us better understand how enhancing the human security of Afghans sets the framework for reconstructing peace, dignity, and hope."

A welcome contribution on what is needed between the international community and the Afghan population: renewed trust. The authors help us better understand how enhancing the human security and livelihoods of Afghans sets the framework for reconstructing peace, dignity, and hope.

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  • File Size: 3076 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 17, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0025VL3DA
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5.0 out of 5 stars After the Taliban book review December 16, 2008
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The Taliban capitulated as a ruling entity in Afghanistan shortly after 9/11. Meanwhile, billions of international dollars have poured in to bolster its new democratic government and rebuild the nation essentially, after three decades of conflict, from scratch. Thousands of US soldiers and their allied counterparts have flowed in and out of the country. Hundreds of Taliban and al Qaeda militants have been captured or killed. Innumerable NGOs have come and gone. Still, the generous contributions of blood and treasure have not prevented the country from a very dangerous upsurge of insecurity and a reemergence of Taliban and al Qaeda.

This frustrating situation poses some fundamental questions for those who are familiar with Afghanistan. Why are innocent Afghans still dying daily at the hands of the Taliban? Why are so many still financially destitute? Why are al Qaeda and Taliban militants still on the march? More specifically, why has violence spread into areas once considered 'secured' such as Herat and Kabul? In essence, after so much time and money spent and so many lives lost, why hasn't the Afghan problem been settled? 'After the Taliban: Life and Security in Rural Afghanistan' attempts to answer these questions and many more.

For the first time, data presented in 'After the Taliban' brings to light the gap in perceptions between the international community and rural Afghans as the underpinning cause for policy failures in Afghanistan. 'After the Taliban' demonstrates the international community's understanding of security in Afghanistan is vastly different from local understandings of security. The international perspective is primarily physical with emphasis on the number of attacks against UN, international NGOs, US/NATO, and the Afghan government.
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