The Conflict In Afghanistan Term Paper by Nicky

An overview of the present conflict in Afghanistan.
# 146594 | 2,270 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Jan 04, 2011 in History (Middle Eastern) , Hot Topics (Terror and 9/11)

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This paper aims to place the current conflict in Afghanistan in a wider perspective, both historically and temporally, but also regionally and in terms of the international political scene. Some of the international relations theories used to explain the conflict in Afghanistan include Huntington's clash of civilizations and the containment of Russia theory. The conclusions aim to draw a relevant final explanation of the development of things in Afghanistan, following arguments in favor of all the different scenarios described in the paper.

Introduction and thesis
Historical background to the conflict
Situation after September 11

From the Paper:

''The only explanation that does stand its ground is the fact that Afghanistan has a strategic position between the East and West and in the proximity of the Middle East and that a stable and secure Afghanistan would also be in the interest of the entire area. At the same time, another good explanation of the increase in the number of US troops in Afghanistan is given by the asymmetrical threats that the world faces, many of them originating in countries such as Afghanistan.
''These types of risks and threats including drugs and weapons trafficking, as well as person trafficking, but, most of all, the terrorist threat. In terms of the different forms of trafficking, these have numerous negative effects at a global level. Drug trafficking obviously encourages consumption by ensuring that there is a constant supply of drugs on the global market. Afghanistan is the number one producer of poppies from which most of the opium-based drugs are made. Additionally, opium is the most important export in Afghanistan. A reduction of the opium trade having Afghanistan as its starting point would reduce consumption worldwide and help the global effort and fight against narcotics.''

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Eckholm, Eric. A Nation challenged: Penalties; Taliban Justice: Stadium Was Scene of Gory Punishment. The New York Times. December 2001. On the Internet at Last retrieved on March 14, 2009
  • Griffiths, John C. Afghanistan: A History of Conflict. Andre Deutsch, London. Updated edition, 2001. Andre Deutsch Ltd, 2002
  • Rashid, Ahmed. "Taliban - Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia", Yale University Press, 2000.
  • Toynbee, Arnold J.Between Oxus and Jumna. Oxford University Press, London. 1961
  • Huntington, Samuel P., The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order, New York, Simon & Schuster, 1996

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