Afghanistan towards a new Jihad? Interpretations of the Current Insurgency

-A Lecture by Dr. Antonio Giustozzi-

10-19-06Four years ago Afghanistan was mostly at peace, and people in Kabul spoke confidently of “Reconstruction.” Now much of the South is at war, other areas are disturbed, and the prognosis has turned negative.

What drives the current insurgency? Is it best understood as political or religious or ethnic or all three… or something else? How is it like and unlike the 1980s anti-Soviet jihad? What factors will lead it to fail or succeed? And, if it succeeds, what are the implications for life in Kabul and elsewhere?

Dr. Antonio Giustozzi is a Research Fellow in the Crisis States Research Centre at the London School of Economics. His May 2005 AIAS lecture on the definition and dynamics of warlordism was extremely well received.

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