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Afghanistan - A Country Without a State?

Christine Noelle-Karimi Conrad Schetter Reinhard Schlagintweit
Price: $ 29.95

The attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 instantly focused international attention on Afghanistan. Suddenly, we were confronted with the need to understand how and why social and political circumstances in that country could be diametrically opposed to the values and norms commonly associated with modern states and civil society.

This volume explores the question of whether Afghanistan is a country without a state. It includes contributions from twenty of the world¿s most distinguished experts on Afghanistan. Among the topics covered are the scope of humanitarian aid, the oppression of women, the logic of a war economy, and the potential for peace. Written and published prior to Afghanistan¿s liberation by U.S. forces, it nonetheless provides important background to Afganistan¿s past and future.

Christine Noelle-Karimi did her graduate work at the Department of Near Eastern Studies at University of California, Berkeley and is currently a visiting professor at the Department of Iranian Studies at the University of Bamberg. She is the author of The Interaction Between State and Tribe in 19th Century Afghanistan as well as numerous articles on Middle Eastern history and politics.

Conrad Schetter holds a Ph.D. in geography and works at the Center for Development Research, University of Bonn. Besides numerous articles, he is the author of the forthcoming book Ethnicity and Ethnic Conflicts in Afghanistan and co-author of Afghanistan in the Past and Present.

Reinhard Schlagintweit is the chairman of the German National Committee for UNICEF. He obtained an MA in law from the University of Munich and was a member of the staff of the German Federal Foreign Office.

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