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Civil society with guns is not civil society: aid, security and civil society in Afghanistan

Lind, Jeremy and Howell, Jude (2008) Civil society with guns is not civil society: aid, security and civil society in Afghanistan. NGPA working paper series (24). Non-Governmental Public Action, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 9780853283096

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This paper examines the intensified convergence of aid, security and foreign policy goals since 9/11 and its effects on civil society in the context of Afghanistan. As a theatre for both the pursuance of the War on Terror and processes of reconstruction, development and political stabilisation, the Afghan case is of particular interest. Afghanistan’s economy is heavily dependent on foreign aid; its government in turn relies crucially on external military and political support for its survival. The complex intertwining of external (primarily American) military and foreign policy objectives with development goals are played out vividly in the case of Afghanistan, with significant ramifications for the organisational landscape and ideological and political purpose of civil society. These effects are manifested most prominently in the changing organisational landscape of civil society post-9/11, in the refashioning of state-civil society relations with the tools of foreign aid, and the increasingly complex relations between civil actors and the military as the International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) and Coalition Forces part of Operation Enduring Freedom engage in developmental and humanitarian interventions as part of the politico-military War on Terror strategy in Afghanistan.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2008 The authors
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2009 16:47
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 11:46

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