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Author Young, Dennis O.

Title Overcoming the obstacles to establishing a democratic state in Afghanistan [electronic resource] / Dennis O. Young.

Imprint [Carlisle Barracks, PA : Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, 2007]


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Federal Documents Online  D 101.146/10:AF 3    ---  Available
Description v, 22 p. : digital, PDF file
Series Carlisle papers in security strategy
Carlisle papers in security strategy.
System Details Mode of access: Internet from the STRATEGIC STUDIES INSTITUTE web site.
Note Title from title screen (viewed on Jan. 10, 2008).
"October 2007."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 18-22).
Contents Recent history : historical lack of a democratic foundation in Afghanistan -- Soviet invaders : still no democracy -- The Taliban : a new obstacle to democracy -- Ethnic and linguistic divides of Afghanistan : complications for a united democracy -- Endemic corruption : a hindrance to democratic stability -- Opium poppy cultivation : another impediment to democracy -- Recommendations for overcoming obstacles to democracy -- Conclusion.
Summary After the Taliban regime was driven out of Afghanistan in late 2001, the United States and other members of the international community undertook efforts to establish and stabilize a liberal democratic form of government in that country. Such an undertaking is a monumental task, fraught with many obstacles and challenges. This paper looks at several of those obstacles to democracy in Afghanistan, to include the absence of a democratic history and tradition, an endemic culture of corruption, a pervasive narcotics trade and drug trafficking problem, tribalism and ethnic divides among the population, and finally the lack of support or assistance from neighboring Pakistan. The author proposes five possible strategies and adjustments to current efforts by the international community, led by the United States and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). If these strategies are adopted, the environment in Afghanistan will be more secure, taking hold and flourishing. Afghanistan and this region of the world will also be less likely to harbor terrorist operations and organizations such as aI-Qaeda and the Taliban to threaten the democratic nations of the world.
Subject Taliban -- Influence.
Nation-building -- Afghanistan.
Democracy -- Afghanistan.
Corruption -- Afghanistan.
Opium trade -- Afghanistan.
Afghanistan -- Politics and government -- 2001-
Added Author Army War College (U.S.). Strategic Studies Institute.
Other Form: Young, Dennis O. Overcoming the obstacles to establishing a democratic state in Afghanistan v, 22 p. (OCoLC)180702995
Gpo Item No. 0307-A-48 (online)
Sudoc No. D 101.146/10:AF 3

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