Warlords and the Coalition in Afghanistan
Redwood City, CA : Stanford University Press
InMattox, G.A.; Grenier, S.M. (ed.), Coalition Challenges in Afghanistan: The Politics of Alliance, pp. 31-44
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Mattox, G.A.; Grenier, S.M. (ed.), Coalition Challenges in Afghanistan: The Politics of Alliance
SubjectDistributional Conflicts in a Globalizing World: Consequences for State-Market-Civil Society Arrangements
This chapter focuses on the relationships between ISAF contributing nations and Afghan warlords between 2001 and 2014. It shows how the latter have instrumentalized the cross-cutting agendas of the former to maximize their autonomy and shape the state-building process. It focuses on two typical warlords, General Dostum, the Uzbek leader of Northern Afghanistan, and Ismail Khan, the self-proclaimed "Amir of Western Afghanistan," and their ability to adapt to new environments, shape shift, and eventually survive, both physically and politically. It explains how these non-state armed actors have developed their own kind of diplomacy and taken advantage of the heterogeneity of the international community to resist Kabul's homogenizing pressure and remain relevant after 2001. Overall, this chapter demonstrates how warlords keep wielding influence in the midst of a state-building project that promotes the construction of bureaucratic institutions.
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