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 Library of Congress / Federal Research Division / Country Studies / Area Handbook Series / Afghanistan
Afghanistan resembles an irregularly shaped hanging leaf with the Wakhan Corridor and the Pamir Knot as its stem in the northeast.
Afghanistan is completely landlocked, bordered by Iran to the west (925 kilometers), by the Central Asian States of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan to the north and northeast (2,380 kilometers), by China at the easternmost top of the Wakhan Corridor (96 kilometers), and by Pakistan to the east and south (2,432 kilometers).
Afghanistan's rugged central mountainous core of approximately 50,000 square kilometers is known as the Hazarajat, Land of the Hazara.
lcweb2.loc.gov /frd/cs/afghanistan/afghanistan.html   (21323 words)

 The narco-politics of Afghanistan
Soon after the Taliban was deposed, the Afghanistan administration's interim chairman, Hamid Karzai, and Turkmenistan President Saparmurat Niyazov flew down on May 30 to Islamabad to sign a pact with Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf to build a 1,500 km-long pipeline through their countries to the Arabian Sea port of Gwadar on Pakistan's Makran coast.
The biggest hurdle was that Afghanistan under the Taliban had become the largest opium supplier in the world - 4,581 tonnes, 3,276 tonnes, and 185 tonnes in 1999, 2000 and 2001 respectively - according to the UNDCP figures.
AFGHANISTAN was supposed to have produced 3,276 tonnes of opium in 2000.
www.flonnet.com /fl1919/19190660.htm   (2960 words)

 World Politics Watch | Afghanistan: A Long, Bloody Summer Ahead   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Kabul, Afghanistan -- As the United States-led Coalition and Afghan army gear up for a new push against insurgent forces in the south, the country looks set for a long season of intense fighting.
Recent reports from the north and west of Afghanistan suggest that the insurgents have a much longer reach and broader support than was formerly thought possible.
General Markus Kneip, the German army officer in command of ISAF forces in northern Afghanistan, also said there were indications the Taleban were present.
www.worldpoliticswatch.com /article.aspx?id=35   (2688 words)

 POLITICS: Iraq, Afghanistan Among Top Ten Failed States
Afghanistan, which ranked 11 in last year's index, moved up to number 10 this year, just behind its U.S.-backed next door neighbour, Pakistan, and Haiti, a third country that has been both occupied by U.S.-led forces and the recipient of large amounts of U.S. aid in the last two years.
The index, which is based on a dozen social, economic and political indicators, is designed in part to provide early warnings to the international community of states at risk of failure -- if they haven't, as in the case of Somalia, already collapsed.
Political indicators included good-governance criteria, such as the existence and extent of corruption; efficiency in the delivery of public services; and the rule of law; the fragmentation of ruling elites along group lines; civilian control over the security forces; and the intervention of foreign states or other forces.
www.ipsnews.net /news.asp?idnews=33087   (1137 words)

 The Politics of Afghanistan - Global Policy Forum - UN Security Council   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
The inevitable postponement this week of Afghanistan's presidential and parliamentary elections can only diminish the Bush camp's hopes of using progress in Afghanistan to divert attention from the quagmire in Iraq.
In January this year, to the UN's dismay, Afghanistan's interim President, Hamid Karzai, brought the elections forward to June, reportedly under pressure from Washington.
Afghanistan, however, remains woefully ill prepared for its first free election in over four decades.
www.globalpolicy.org /security/issues/afghan/2004/0401politics.htm   (612 words)

 Afghanistan Women Council - Home   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
At the beginning of the conference, Dr. Habiba Sorabi, the Minister of Women’s Affairs, presented her speech, in which she urged women to be united and to participate actively in the political process.
Also, those organizations that have work in the past two decades to increase women’s political awareness, peace-building and democracy should be supported in concrete, practical ways, because support in words alone will not solve the Afghan women’s problem.
The Afghanistan Women Council was established for the purpose of advocating for better conditions for Afghan women, and increasing awareness of human rights, women’s rights, refugees’ rights, children’s rights, peace-building and democracy issues within the Afghan context.
www.afghanistanwomencouncil.org /latest_4_04.html   (956 words)

 Afghanistan - GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
SINCE 1973 AFGHAN SOCIETY has experienced a series of shocks which has shattered its political institutions, devastated the physical infrastructure supporting its economy, decimated and scattered its population, and left open to question its prospects for government and even survival as a national community.
Political usurpation, foreign occupation, war and civil war have left Afghanistan in chaos, with a leadership incapable, so far, of initiating a process of recovery.
It became profoundly destabilizing with the collapse of the Kabul Marxist regime in 1992.
countrystudies.us /afghanistan/82.htm   (316 words)

 Cockburn and St. Clair: The Politics of Afghan Opium
Afghanistan is the source of 75% of the world's heroin and 90% of Britain's supply.
Opium poppies are primarily grown in the south and east of Afghanistan, the regions domination by the Pashtuns, the ethnic fraction that sustained the Taliban until such support became an obvious poor bet.
To the contrary, at last so far as Afghanistan is concerned, to buy heroin and morphine is to provide a sure market for Afghanistan's farm sector, which employs as many as 200,000 in the fields harvesting the opium from the poppy heads.
www.counterpunch.org /bumpercrop.html   (927 words)

 Terrorism - Afghanistan Politics
In large measure, the Taliban advance was facilitated by Afghanistan's human geography — few large cities, low population density — and the nature of its wars, in which the small size of 'armies" precludes continuous "front lines" or defenses in depth and long lines of communication become susceptible to interdiction.
Moreover, by 1995, the population was weary of war, and the Taliban promised an end to fighting even if the price was the imposition of an unforgiving regime.
He returned to Afghanistan in early 2001 and was one of the main commanders when Mazar-e Sharif fell in November.
www.cdi.org /terrorism/afghan-politics.cfm   (720 words)

One year ago, the dapper, green-caped crusader for his country was the toast of Washington, and U.S. leaders and politicians were falling all over themselves with assurances that, this time, the United States would not turn its back on Afghanistan as it did after the Soviets quit the country in the late 1980s.
And he was suitably grateful for the larger line of credit, telling a television interviewer that the 35 million dollars OPIC pledged to finance and insure a proposed five-star luxury hotel in Kabul offered ''a vote of confidence in the stability of the government''.
While some two million Afghan refugees have returned from neighbouring countries since the Taliban's ouster in late 2001 - a statistic touted by Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld during a meeting with Karzai as proof that people are ''voting with their feet'' - many are not receiving adequate assistance, according to relief agencies.
www.ipsnews.net /interna.asp?idnews=16495   (1110 words)

"We are in jeopardy of losing Afghanistan to become a failed state again," Sen. Joseph Biden told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at a hearing on the nomination of Zalmay Khalilzad as ambassador to Kabul.
Khalilzad, an Afghan-born diplomat who has been at the center of U.S. policy in Afghanistan for the past two years, might find that "the engine seems to be falling apart" while he is in Kabul, Lugar added.
The Bush administration has given Afghanistan a lower priority than Iraq, as reflected in its request that the U.S. Congress approve $20 billion for rebuilding Iraq and about $1 billion for Afghanistan.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /cgi-bin/blah/Blah.pl?b=POLWORLD,m=1067583821   (564 words)

 Evergreen Politics: Afghanistan Slipping Away
Washington State politics and policy, from a progressive point of view
Afghanistan is sinking back into chaos and repression, especially in the Southern reaches where weak warlords and complicit officials have allowed the Taliban to retake power in exchange for some false sense of temporary stability as the repressive regime consolidates its stranglehold on the region and marches, ever onward, toward the prize of Kabul.
Osama Bin Laden and his surrogates are still at large, and Pakistan is reportedly allowing the Taliban fighters who are injured in skirmishes with allied troops in Afghanistan to be treated in safe-houses across the border.
www.evergreenpolitics.com /ep/2006/11/afghanistan_sli.html   (583 words)

 Amazon.com: Afghanistan: A Short History of Its People and Politics: Books: Martin Ewans   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Though the dry, scholarly political history will turn off casual readers, this is a fascinating story and the best book-length examination of Afghanistan's history we're likely to have for some time.
Afghanistan's history is almost entirely one of war, hostility and revenge.
While the history was intensely interesting, the last chapters of the book, which cover the politics and battles of the last two decades which have left Afghanistan such a mess, were the most relevant for me. If you want to know how mcuh the CIA spent supporting the Taliban, it's in there.
www.amazon.com /Afghanistan-Short-History-People-Politics/dp/0060505087   (2801 words)

 Hang Right Politics » Afghanistan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
The commander of the Hizb-i-Islami militia in Hafezan in the eastern province of Nangarhar, Gulbuddin Hikmatyar, was arrested after credible intelligence led Afghan and coalition forces to his compound, the statement said.
Hikmatyar, the former prime minister of Afghanistan, announced jihad or holy war against what he called the US invasion of Afghanistan four and half years ago and the joint opposition of the Afghan government by Taliban and al-Qaeda in the fight against coalition forces.
Hekmatyar fought against the Soviets, was prime minister of Afghanistan in the mid 1990s, and became an anti-Taliban fighter until the collapse of Afghanistan’s Taliban government in December of 2001.
hangrightpolitics.com /category/afghanistan   (6255 words)

 Politics of Afghanistan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
As of 2006 the system of government in Afghanistan is in transition.
The structure of the Transitional Authority was announced on 10 June 2002, when the Loya jirga (Grand Assembly) convened establishing the Transitional Islamic State of Afghanistan (TISA), which had 18 months to hold a constitutional Loya jirga to adopt a constitution and 24 months to hold nationwide elections.
Political parties in Afghanistan are in flux and many prominent players have plans to create new parties.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Politics_of_Afghanistan   (2182 words)

 The politics of Afghanistan - OpinionEditorial - www.smh.com.au
If bureaucrats are intent on manipulating history, they should take a leaf from George Orwell's expositions of totalitarian states bullying and confounding muddled populations by insisting fl really is white.
That is a political issue that can be debated sensibly and rigorously only if the public is appraised of reality.
It is not for bureaucrats to second-guess the political wishes of ministerial masters by seeking to rewrite history or, indeed, by diverting institutions of learning (such as museums) from their pursuit of knowledge.
www.smh.com.au /articles/2004/03/31/1080544553724.html?from=storyrhs   (1041 words)

 Centrerion Canadian Politics: Debate on Afghanistan Widens - QOTD
Ironically enough, these same three parties were unanimously in favour of sending our troops to Afghanistan when the decision first had to be made.
Canadian politics: analysis and commentary by moderates and centrists.
Canadian politics with a focus on foreign affairs, national security, the media, the environment, and terrorism.
centrerion.blogspot.com /2006/03/debate-on-afghanistan-widens-qotd.html   (275 words)

 Afghanistan Information
The Northern Alliance also known as the Islamic State of Afghanistan, the Northern Alliance is the main anti-Taliban opposition in Afghanistan
Human Rights Watch's Reports on Afghanistan - HRW has reports on the records of both the Northern Alliance and the Taliban.
I personally think that HRW is too focused on human rights to put abuses in the proper contact, but their reporting is generally pretty good.
www.geocities.com /wshingleton/Afghanlinks.html   (711 words)

 NATO Topics - Afghanistan
NATO is a key component of the international community’s engagement in Afghanistan, assisting the Afghan authorities in providing security and stability, paving the way for reconstruction and effective governance.
The Alliance’s aim is to help establish the conditions in which Afghanistan can enjoy – after decades of conflict, destruction and poverty – a representative government and self-sustaining peace and security.
NATO’s role is a key part of the Afghanistan Compact, a five-year plan between the government of Afghanistan and the international community, which sets goals relating to the security, governance and economic development of the country.
www.nato.int /issues/afghanistan   (301 words)

 Blue Collar Politics: Afghanistan Archives
If you're in NYC and you're looking for unbiased coverage of the Washington political scene, I'd recommend you bring your laptop, as the newspapers aren't what they once were so you'll want to visit news on the Internet.
That miraculous anxiety-numbing salve, of arrogant super-ego mixed with a dollop of disinterested sophistication, that kept many of us sated has been steadily and progressively weakened in the past few years, as more and more people fell under the spell of the war criminals who currently lead much of the Earth's human population.
No matter your politics, Doonesbury's War in today's Washington Post is a must read.
www.bluecollarpolitics.com /afghanistan   (1952 words)

 Afghanistan Politics
encourage women’s participation in the reconstruction and development of Afghanistan and as well as provide the possible opportunity in educational and health for the Afghan children who are the victims of war, immigration and uncertain situation inside and outside the country in the refugee camps."
Institute for Afghan Studies - Informative site on Afghanistan politics, news, personalities with analysis, commentaries and reports.
Afghanistan Online - Who's who, political groups, discussion forum and cartoons.
afghana.com /Government/Politics.htm   (556 words)

 Afghanistan : Good politics are local
The watchword for the UN mission in Afghanistan is "light footprint." Trying to minimize the foreign presence and maximize the Afghan role in rebuilding the country is good politics.
A loya jirga (national assembly session) next month is intended to encourage Afghans from all parts of the country to "buy into the peace process." This phrase is typically used metaphorically, but it should also be understood literally.
Encouraging people to see the solutions to their problems as lying in the embryonic institutions of the state is good politics.
www.iht.com /articles/2002/05/17/edsimon_ed3_.php   (475 words)

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politics.netscape.com /story/2006/11/06/securing-afghanistans-future   (130 words)

 Afghanistan Government & Politics News - Media Monitoring Service by EIN News
Hamza claimed the case against him was politically motivated.
Hicks was found among the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001 and sold as bounty to...
The apparent confession was shown on a video released by the Government in Afghanistan.
www.einnews.com /afghanistan/newsfeed-afghanistan-government-politics   (1353 words)

 Terrorism - Russian & Afghanistan
As benign the presence of the Russian medical forces in Afghanistan might have been from the Russian viewpoint, it raised a lot of eyebrows, and it also brought back painful memories of the brutalities related to the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.
Thus emerges a portrait of Afghanistan that is still very unstable, divided and weak, and, consequently, very prone to be exploited by regional and great power rivalry.
Even with a powerful presence of United States in Afghanistan and other neighboring states, Russia sees a definite uphill struggle in its own attempts to reestablish its hegemony in Central Asia or influence the power politics of Afghanistan.
www.cdi.org /terrorism/russia-afghanistan-pr.cfm   (949 words)

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