Warlords and the liberal peace: State-building in Afghanistan

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This article draws out the contradictions in the liberal peace that have become apparent in post-Taliban state-building in Afghanistan. In particular, it focuses on how warlords have been incorporated into the government. The government has been unable to achieve a monopoly of violence and has relied on the support of some powerfulmilitia commanders to secure itself. This raises a number of practical and ethical questions for the liberal peace. The focus of the article is on warlordism, rather than in providing detailed narrative accounts of particular warlords. The case illustrates the difficulty of extending the liberal peace in the context of an ongoing insurgency. © 2010 Conflict, Security and Development Group.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)577-598
Number of pages21
JournalConflict, Security and Development
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010

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