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||Peace-building and democracy promotion in Afghanistan : the Afghanistan peace and reintegration program and reconciliation with the Taliban / Marissa Quie.
||[London : n.l.], 2012.
||553-574 p. ; 30 cm.
||“Published online: 01 Jun 2012.”
“Democratization Vol. 19, No. 3, June 2012, 553–574.”
“Democracy and peace are commonly promoted as concomitant objectives in
war-torn societies; however, the underlying assumption of the convergence
of these two goals often proves problematic in practice, leading to conﬂict
and ineffective intervention. This contribution focuses on the connections
between democracy and peace-building in Afghanistan, through the lens of
the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Programme (APRP). It ﬁnds that
in this case, the two aims have not always complemented one another, resulting instead in multiple trade-offs and disputes. The article demonstrates how a better understanding of the connections between democracy and peace can help improve the efﬁcacy and legitimacy of interventions of this type. Some elements of the APRP strategy are context-appropriate and do enhance the potential for more substantive democracy and peace: for example, the National Community Recovery plan, centrepiece of the third stage of the process, which aims to enfranchise former insurgents and their communities through mechanisms of local government, emphasizing consultation and enhancing participation.
However, the argument here is that the complexity of the insurgency, the
lack of coherent communication within and between international and local
actors, the ambiguity surrounding the meaning of democracy, and the failure
to pursue genuine reconciliation have all served to undermine the dual
objectives of the APRP initiative.
Keywords: Afghanistan;peace-building; democracy promotion;
Peace-building – Afghanistan – Congresses.
Afghanistan – Politics and government – 2001- – Congresses.
Postwar reconstruction – Afghanistan.
Democracy – Afghanistan.
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