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Afghanistan in Transition Beyond 2014?

Price : $32.75
ISBN # : 9788182746749
Author : Shanthie Mariet D`Souza
pages: 264
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Pentagon Press
Published : 2012

Afghanistan is at a cusp of `change`. As 2014, the date for the drawdown of international forces draws near, the international community is confounded by the complexities of an effective inteqal (transition) as by the modalities for ensuring it.

This book brings together varied Afghan voices to set the agenda, address critical gaps in the ongoing inteqal process, 2012-14 and suggest alternate course of action by setting a forward looking agenda, beyond 2014. The strength of this volume stems from the rich contributions by experts and practitioners from the field, providing an in-depth analysis of the perceptions, needs and preparedness on the ground.

The common thread that runs through all the chapters of the book is that inteqal process needs to be Afghan led and Afghan owned. This book provides diverse perspectives of the Afghans by taking a realistic assessment of the achievements and challenges in building local capacities and institutions in key sectors--security, political, governance and economic, for these would form the basis of future progress.

By delving into a range of complex interrelated issues such as security and political sector reform; peace processes-reconciliation, reintegration; economic opportunities- investment, trade and connectivity; civilian surge-aid coordination and effectiveness; strategic communication; role of women, international organisations and non governmental organisations- both from a micro and macro perspective, this volume highlights several critical components of the inteqal process that need immediate and sustained attention. Chapters on regional perspectives and also the US perspective provide important insights into the role of external players in the present imbroglio.

This book is a valuable and timely contribution to the academic and policy discourse on the prospects of effective transition and long-term stabilization of Afghanistan.



Author Bio: Shanthie Mariet D`Souza is Research Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies(ISAS),National University of Singapore. She has been Associate Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies & Analyses, New Delhi and Fulbright Scholar at South Asia Studies, The Paul H Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC (2005-2006).

D`Souza has numerous writing in journals, edited volumes and media. Her research interest and expertise includes Afghan Insurgency and the Counter Insurgency campaign; Transition and Issues in Long term Stabilization of Afghanistan; Regional Dynamics of the Afghan insurgency; United States Counter terrorism policy in South Asia; Non State Armed Groups; Terrorism and Strategies in Counter terrorism; India`s foreign and security policy, Great Power Politics; Conflict Management and Prospects for Regional Cooperation in South Asia. She has conducted field studies in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Jammu and Kashmir and India`s North East. Shanthie has frequently travelled to various provinces of Afghanistan for her field research.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Thursday 05 July, 2012.
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