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Warlord Survival: The Delusion of State Building in Afghanistan

Romain Malejacq


How do warlords survive and even thrive in contexts that are explicitly set up to undermine them? How do they rise after each fall? This book answers these questions. Drawing on hundreds of in-depth interviews in Afghanistan between 2007 and 2018, with ministers, governors, a former vice-president, warlords and their entourages, opposition leaders, diplomats, NGO workers, and local journalists and researchers, the book provides a full investigation of how warlords adapt and explains why weak states like Afghanistan allow it to happen. The book follows the careers of four warlords in Herat, She ... More

Keywords: warlords, Afghanistan, violence, Ismail Khan, Abdul Rashid Dostum, Ahmad Shah Massoud, Mohammad Qasim Fahim

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501746420
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501746420.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Romain Malejacq, author
Radboud University