International Research Network

Cultures of Intervention

Teaching – Afghanistan

Courses given at Free University of Berlin in the Context of Afghanistan
Further Material can be obtained upon request
Contact: Michael Daxner

2010: Afghanistan – Recent Developments and Perspectives

2009: Afghanistan Nation Building in War Times
This class will discuss the present status of society building and nation building in Afghanistan. We shall discuss the diverse options for a sustainable peaceful development in a country torn apart by a Thirty-Years War. There will be a short introduction into ethnology and sociology of afghan people and a description of Afghanistan as a post-intervention state and a “society of intervention”.
We will discuss
- the actors and political / cultural / social groups- tribal and religious structures
- the main problems of stabilising society: water, education, employment, health
- security, safety
- the issues of warlords and drug economy
- Taliban – eternal adversary or potential partner in conflict resolution
- the role of international military, especially the Bundeswehr
- Police, Army, Military Police
There will be comprehensive reading provided on blackboard. We shall also discuss current issues with invited guests (from Afghanistan and Germany) and show some recent movies.

2008/2009: Society after Intervention 2003-2008
The seminar will cover the recent history and development of Afghanistan. The key issues will be the making of the main conflicts that lead to the thirty years war and the intervention of 2001. The post-intervention period will be analysed as an example for the making of a society of intervention with its specific social and cultural aspects. Special attention will be given to the sociological and ethnological approaches towards the societies in Afghanistan, e.g. the tribal structures, religious streams and ethnic diversities, and their impact on society- building and state-building. There will be a sufficient supply with information and references, but participants are expected to follow the current developments in the country by regular screening the media and news agencies.

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