Monthly Archives: September 2013

Hard-Earned Humility

In a speech to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) last week, nearly twelve years after the U.S. intervened in Afghanistan and toppled the Taliban regime, President Obama spoke of a “hard earned humility when it comes to [the U.S.] … Continue reading

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Sovereignty as “Organized Hypocrisy”

One would think that a poor, mountainous, and landlocked country like Afghanistan would be isolated from the rest of the world. Afghanistan seems to be almost always part of a bigger story. In the past 200 years or so, it’s … Continue reading

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Is State-Building Doomed to Fail?

While no one really expects Afghanistan to be turned into a “Jeffersonian democracy” or a Weberian state anytime soon, it might still be worthwhile to study the classical literature on European state formation to understand what’s going on in Afghanistan.

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Afghanistan, “the Graveyard of Empires?”

New year, new job, new students… While it’s always a challenge to teach Afghan politics, I have to say I am pretty excited at the prospect of teaching a new course on “War and State-Building in Afghanistan.” For my first … Continue reading

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