Afghanistan: The Labyrinth of Violence
May 2004, Polity
But why is it that Afghanistan has experienced such bloody
conflict and slaughter? What factors have allowed the country to be
exploited by external powers who have intervened to determine its
politics, social structure and, consequently, its place in the
In this fascinating new book, Amalendu Misra seeks to provide answers to these pressing questions. By analysing the nature of conflict in Afghanistan, he exposes the various geopolitical, ethnic, economic and religious variables which have contributed to the breakdown of the Afghan state, and ponders whether post-war reconstruction could lead to a more democratic and peaceful Afghanistan.
1 The Curse of Geopolitics.
2 Ethnic rivalry and the death of Afghan State.
3 Return of the Conservative Natives.
4 Brothers in arms: Radical Islam and its followers.
5 11 September and commitment against terrorism.
6 Poppy cultivation and political economy of civil war.
7 Picking up the pieces: reconstructing peace.
- succinct introduction to conflict in one of the world’s
persistent political hot spots;
- analyses the nature of the conflict in Afghanistan with its
ethnic, cultural, political, religious and external
- explores the prospects for a peaceful and democratic Afghanistan and the problems associated with long term peace building in the country.
Joseph Tucker, Nations and Nationalism
"Provides the reader, novice and expert alike with a clear guide
through the complex maze of Afghanistan's troubled past. Amalendu
Misra's work is an excellent starting point for the study of
Afghanistan's recent history, which can be a complex and cloudy
subject at the best of times.’"
Tom Withington, Kings College, London