Empires of Mud: War and Warlords in Afghanistan

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Warlords are charismatic leaders who exploit weak authorities to gain control of subnational areas. Nevertheless, warlords do in fact participate in state formation, and this book considers the dynamics of warlordism within the context of such debates. Antonio Giustozzi begins with aspects of the Afghan environment that are conducive to the fragmentation of central authority and the emergence of warlords. He then accounts for the phenomenon from the 1980s to today, considering Afghanistan's two foremost warlords, Ismail ...

Empires of Mud: War and Warlords in Afghanistan 2009, Columbia University Press, New York

ISBN-13: 9780231700801

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