REES-562-01 Afghanistan: Politics, Geopolitics and Security
Spring for 2011-2012
Since 2001, Afghanistan has been in the news as a security challenge to the US and NATO. However, the geopolitical significance of this Central Asian state reaches much farther back in history. The purpose of this course is to focus attention on the country of Afghanistan in the context on regional security and broader geopolitical considerations. In this, the goal is to understand what is at stake for the citizens of Afghanistan and the external powers that are currently engaged in the country.
The course is roughly divided into three parts. First, although this is not a history course, attention will be spent on the basic trends and events in Afghanistan’s past. Outside interventions and movements (ethnic groups, religious movements, and empires) have shaped what is seen in the country today. Second, the course will assess the key issues confronting the modern, post-Taliban state of Afghanistan today. How does the Afghan government (and people) view the challenges of governance, economic development, insurgency, terrorism, and narcotics trafficking? Third, the course will conclude with the roles and interests of outside powers, such as China, Pakistan, Iran, the United States and other regional players. No prior knowledge of, or expertise in Afghanistan and Afghan affairs is required for this course.
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