The book calls for rethinking U.S. policy toward promoting Afghanistan as a regional economic hub in Southwest and Central Asia as it fits within the broader national security interest of the regional states. It argues for defining Afghanistan within the U.S. national security interests in Southwest and Central Asia, including Iran, and offers critical strategic tools for Washington to support political openness and reforms that can balance China and Russia, as well as more effectively manage Iran's regional behavior. It links the U.S. policy approach in Southwest and Central Asia as the "missing leg" of Washington's East Asia policy. The book defines the strategic interests of each of Afghanistan's neighboring states and key regional actors to explain why a rethinking of the U.S. role in Afghanistan can assist the emergence of a new regional order in Southwest and Central Asia, which in turn can embolden a free market economy and a growing political openness superior to authoritarianism and Islamist militancy.
Neamat Nojumi is affiliated with Boston University and worked with number of accredited institutions, including George Mason University, Tufts University, and Harvard University. He also worked as a senior advisor for and with the U.S. government and NATO as well as for non-governmental organizations including the United Nations, United States Institute of Peace (USIP), and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Preface Foreword by Professor Thomas Barfield Introduction Part One: The Ability of Afghanistan to Deliver Acceptable Governance to its People Chapter One: The Role of the U.S. Military Intervention in the State-Building Process Part Two: Overcoming Structural Shortfalls of State-Building Chapter Two: The Assumptions of the Interventionists in State-Building Chapter Three: Political Strategic Pitfalls and Opportunities in the Decade of Transition Chapter Four: Achieving the "Soft Landing" into Transition - Immediate to Short-Term Chapter Five: Achieving Economic Stability - Mid- to Long-Term Part Three: Afghanistan's Changing Geopolitical Role in the Region Chapter Six: The Reconfiguration of Afghanistan's Geo-Political Role Chapter Seven: The Birthplace of a New Regional Order - Key Regional Economic Actors Part Four: Key Steps toward Afghanistan's Future Stability Chapter Eight: Overcoming Insurgency and Corruption - The Decade of Transformation