Over the last three decades Afghanistan has been plagued by crisis - from Soviet invasion in 1979 and Taliban rule to US invasion following the events of 9/11. Here the top specialists on Afghanistan, including Olivier Roy, Ahmad Rashid and Jonathan Goodhand, provide a unique overview of the evolution, causes and future of the Afghan crisis. Covering political and military events and examining the role of ethnic groups, religious and ideological factors and the role of the leaders and war chiefs of the period - from the anti-Soviet resistance to the presidency of Hamid Karzai - this book will prove essential reading to all interested in Afghanistan and the wider Middle East region. Examining recent events in the light of the country's economy, Afghan civil society, cultural heritage and state reconstruction attempts, this is a comprehensive and diverse look at a country whose recent history has been marked by internal conflicts and foreign intervention.
Micheline Centlivres-Demont is an anthropologist and specialist on Afghanistan. She has been the editor of Afghanistan Info, an analytical periodical, since 1980. She is the author of Popular Art in Afghanistan: Paintings on Trucks, Mosques and Tea-Houses, and the co-author of Portraits d'Afghanistan, Revoir Kaboul and Afghanistan on the Threshold of the 21st Century.
Micheline Centlivres-Demont Foreword Olivier Roy Introduction PART I:The PDPA Regime, 1978 - 1989 1. Micheline Centlivres-Demont The Bridge on the Amu-Daria 2. Aziz Zekrya All Roads lead to Rome 3. Michel Foucher The Geopolitical Stakes from the Soviet Point of View 4. Jean-Christophe Victor Pakistan on the Front Line 5. Erwin Groetzbach The Afghanistan Land Reform of 1979 Aftermath 6. Chantal Lobato The Kabul Government 7. Remy Dor What is Becoming of the Kyrgyz in Turkey? 8. Olivier Roy The Afghan Situation in Summer 1987 9. Olivier Roy Towards a Soviet Withdrawal? 10. Pierre Centlivres and Micheline Centlivres-Demont Afghan Women Today 11. Mushahid Hussain Pakistan and the Afghan Issue 12. Selig S. Harrison Afghanistan: an American View 13. Rolf Bindemann The Political Reconstruction of Afghanistan 14. Pierre Centlivres The Russians Ready to intervene in Afghanistan PART II The Mujahedeen Moment, 1990-1996 15. Jean-Jose Puig Finding a Political Solution 16. Mushahid Hussain Pakistan's Afghan Policy: No Light at the End of the Tunnel 17. Arnold Hottinger Afghanistan and the Arab World 18. William Maley Consociationalism and Afghan Political Order 19.William Maley The Reconstruction of the Afghan State 20. Nancy Hatch Dupree Afghan Women view the Future 21. Bernard Dupaigne Herat, a Model and an Opportunity for Afghanistan 22. Asta Olesen Reflections on the political Development since the Fall of the PDPA Regime 23. Frederic Grare From Pashtunistan to Central Asia" 24. Barnett R. Rubin The Instability of Power 25. Rolf Bindemann Ethnicity Cannot be the Basis for a Common Policy 26. Sayyid Qasim Reshtia Some Reflection on the Pashtunistan Problem PART III Afghanistan under the Taliban, 1996-2001 27. Olivier Roy Regional Impact of the Taliban Breakthrough 28. William Maley The Taliban : Fundamentalist, Traditionalist or Totalitarian? 29. Nancy Hatch Dupree The Kabul Museum under the Taliban 30. Ludwig Adamec Greater Afghanistan - A missed Chance? 31. Barnett R. Rubin The End of US Policy toward Afghanistan? 32. Citha Maass Taliban : The New Forces of Law and Order 33. Gilles Dorronsoro The Taliban : new revolutionary Dynamics and regional Context 34. Peter Marsden The Impact of the Taliban on the Afghan Economy 35. John Baily The Culture of Music in the Afghan transnational Community 36. Ahmed Rashid Afghanistan's War Economy and Global Reach 37. Pierre Centlivres Farewell to the Buddhas of Bamiyan PART IV After the Taliban 38. Olivier Roy Afghanistan after the Taliban 39. Antonio Giustozzi Ethnicity and Politics in Afghanistan. The Role played by Setam-e melli 40. Christophe de Ponfilly Ahmad Shah Massoud, the Man behind the Legend 41. William Maley Reconstituting State Power in Afghanistan 42. Gilbert Etienne A Bad Start to Reconstruction 43. Alessandro Monsutti Letter to a Father 44. Raphy Favre Agriculture in Afghanistan. A Contribution for a better Understanding 45. Ahmed Rashid Afghanistan and Pakistan 46. Micheline Centlivres-Demont The New Afghan Constitution 47. Antonio Donini What went wrong? Humanitarianism in Crisis in Afghanistan 48. Conrad Schetter Five Theses on Structural Instability of Afghanistan