Book Chapter

Drugs and (Dis)order: Opium Economy, Political Settlements and State-Building in Afghanistan

J GOODHAND, D Mansfield, Conrad J Schetter

Local Politics in Afghanistan | Hurst & Company | Published : 2013


Afghanistan's people have contended with an almost continuous series of foreign interventions in their local affairs in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Not only have external powers such as British India, the Soviet Union, Pakistan and NATO meddled egregiously in local affairs, but so have Afghan governments, including monarchical, Communist, Islamist and ostensibly democratic ones. While the robust resilience of the Afghan population in the face of external influence is widely recognised, how the local populations have concretely dealt with these interventions and how local politics is structured in Afghanistan still remain somewhat open questions. This volume sheds light on this ph..

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