Monthly Archives: June 2009

Fundamentals of Governance in Afghanistan

-Istanbul, Turkey- Afghanistan’s 2004 Constitution created a highly centralized government with a strong presidency. This model was endorsed by the international community on the grounds that Afghanistan needed a strong leader and that the previous governments in Afghanistan had employed such structures. Five years on, it is apparent that the Kabul government has been unable […]

How and Why Does a Folklorist Study Afghan Politics: Connecting the Dots. . .

-A lecture by Dr. Margaret Mills- If one approaches the problems of contemporary politics in Afghanistan from the point of view of folklore, some important elements of popular discourse and ideology come into focus: jokes, proverbs, rumors, personal experience narratives, and conspiracy theories express and evaluate people’s daily political experiences. The folklorist’s job is not […]