April 5, 2012 (12:00 – 1:00 PM)
CCD Conference Room
624 E. 3rd Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
“Building a Modern Nation-State with Tribal Political Culture: A Century of Failures in Afghanistan”
Since 1880 AD all regimes in Afghanistan (Monarchy, Constitutional Monarchy, Republic, Peoples Republic, Islamic Republic, Islamic Emirate and Islamic State) regardless of their alleged ideological scaffoldings have tried, with the help of their foreign patrons, to build a modern centralized nation-state in Afghanistan. Using the Institutional Analysis and Development (IAD) and Social-Ecological Systems (SES) frameworks, I will identify and discuss the role of key elements of Afghanistan’s political culture (kingship, kinship, Islam and dependence on foreign patronage) in the country’s historic failure to establish appropriate democratic governance in the country.