After a decade of deepening international involvement, the Western-led coalition can point to only limited achievements and is preparing to draw down.  Enough time and distance has now passed to permit careful analysis of what drove the international engagement, what were the limitations, and what are the implications for the future for Afghanistan as well as for international intervention in other conflict situations.

Astri Suhrke, Senior researcher at the Chr. Michelsen Institute, and author of When More is Less. The International Project in Afghanistan (London: Hurst&Co, and New York: Columbia University Press, 2011). Norwegian edition: Eksperimentet AfghanistanDet internasjonale engasjementet etter Taliban regimets fall (Oslo: Spartacus, 2011).

Jonathan Steele, foreign correspondent for the Guardian and columnist on international affairs, and author of Ghosts of Afghanistan. The Haunted Background (London: Portobello Books 2011).

Host: Michael Alvarez, Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Politics, UiB.

Refreshments will be served.


Book | 2011

Eksperimentet Afghanistan: Det internasjonale engasjementet etter Taliban-regimets fall

Etter 2001 skulle landet gjenoppbygges etter langvarig strid og sosiale omveltninger, og omskapes til et fredelig, demokratisk og moderne samfunn. Slik gikk det ikke.  Hvilke krefter formet dette ambisiøse prosjektet...
Astri Suhrke (2011)
Oslo: Spartacus 333 p.
Book | 2011

When more is less. The international project in Afghanistan

The Western-led efforts to establish a new post-Taliban order in Afghanistan are in serious trouble, and in this book Astri Suhrke sets out to explain why. She begins with the...
Astri Suhrke (2011)
New York/London: Columbia/Hurst 293 p.