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Afghanistan is a major site of military, foreign policy and aid intervention for the UK. This project considered how negotiations and initiatives to advance national reconciliation in Afghanistan have shaped the political settlement. Afghanistan’s political settlement today reflects contrasting priorities and perspectives of different types of actors, including customary institutions, recently established civil society organisations, the Afghan state, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), international aid agencies, and insurgent and criminal networks. It has a large rural population with traditional forms of governance. This has resulted in a new elite of self-appointed warlords and local militias, and these new power brokers have eroded the authority of jirgas in administering disputes. Afghanistan has also seen shifting international responses over time as to which elites should be bargained with (the process in the early 1990s focused on the Taliban, while the recent process excluded them).

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  • Author : Harriet Cornell
  • Category : Case Studies, Peace Processes
  • Date : July 16, 2015
  • Tags : Afghanistan