In June 2007, the RAND Corporation and the Royal Danish Defence College hosted a conference titled “Afghanistan: State and Society, Great Power Politics, and the Way Ahead”. The two-day event, held in Copenhagen, was attended by more than 100 politicians, scholars, academics, and representative of both governmental and nongovernmental institutions from more than 20 states. Its theme was to discuss the problems that Afghanistan faces in the wake of the U.S.-led attack on al Qaeda training camps and the Taliban government; examine the challenges confronting the NATO International Security Assistance Force as it coordinates nation-building activities in Afghanistan; and suggest ways to address these issues. This volume compiles 11 of the papers presented at the conference; themes include the importance of historical precedents, coordination among relevant parties, and the development of an all-encompassing, long-term strategic approach.
Table of Contents
U.S. Interests and Stakes in Afghanistan: In for the Long Haul or Gone Tomorrow?
Understanding Iranian Strategy in Afghanistan
Afghanistan and the Boomerang Effect
Hokumat Versus Yaghistan: The Historical Challenge of State/Tribe Conflict to State Building in Afghanistan
The Tribal Structure of Waziristan: Implications for Counterterrorism Policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Sad Wisdom of Hindsight: Soviet Intervention in Afghanistan (1979-1989)
The Next Afghanistan
Are We Learning? Military Engagement: The Taliban, Past and Present
Afghanistan: Prospects for Nation Building
How to Create a Success for the Afghan National Security Forces
Afghanistan at the Crossroads