Afghanistan's security: Political process, state-building and narcotics

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Aras B., Toktaş Ş.

Middle East Policy, vol.15, pp.39-52, 2008 (SSCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 15
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/j.1475-4967.2008.00348.x
  • Journal Name: Middle East Policy
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.39-52
  • Police Academy Affiliated: No


The interest in the security of Afghanistan is largely dominated by the fear that the instability of the country will cause shock waves and trigger conflicts in neighboring regions from Kashmir to Chechnya. It is often argued that the key to providing security is to fortify the US led international troop positions located in Afghanistan and to increase the number of Afghan security personnel. In a similar vein, it is estimated that the national and international security personnel needed would be around 200,000-250,000. Considering the US military involvement in Iraqi quagmire, the deployment of such a great number of troops is neither realistic nor possible. Even in a scenario that assumes the previously mentioned troops are deployed in Afghanistan, it is highly questionable that the security problem would be resolved. This point brings to the surface the fact that a change in the security paradigm is needed.