Afghanistan: the mirage of peace

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Zed, Oct 15, 2008 - Business & Economics - 255 pages
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Widely portrayed as the "success of the war on terror," Afghanistan is now in crisis. Increasingly detached from the people it is meant to serve, and unable to manage the massive amounts of aid that it has sought, the administration in Kabul struggles to govern even the diminishing areas of the country over which it has some sway. Many Afghans feel themselves to be trapped, hostage between two forces, both claiming to be their liberators. Drawing on long experience of living and working in Afghanistan, Chris Johnson and Jolyon Leslie examine what the changes of recent years have meant in terms of Afghans' sense of their own identity and hopes for the future.

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In this informative and readable book, the authors, who have had years of experience working in Afghanistan at the grass-roots level, provide bottom-up coverage of the country's myriad political and ... Read full review


four years on
Losing the war 2 State building 6 Corrupting the state
The international dimension

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About the author (2008)

Chris Johnson lived in Afghanistan from 1996 to 2004. She first worked for Oxfam, then set up a joint UN/NGO/donor research unit, the Afghanistan research and Evaluation Unit, where she worked until early 2002. She then undertook a wide range of consultancy work for different organizations concerned with the transition. She now works for the United Nations Mission in Sudan.

Jolyon Leslie is an architect who has lived and worked in Afghanistan since 1989. He currently manages an urban conservation program in Kabul and Herat.