The Rise of Afghanistan's Insurgency: State Failure and Jihad

  title={The Rise of Afghanistan's Insurgency: State Failure and Jihad},
  author={Seth G. Jones},
  journal={International Security},
  • Seth G. Jones
  • Published 22 April 2008
  • Political Science
  • International Security
In 2002 Afghanistan began to experience a violent insurgency as the Taliban and other groups conducted a sustained effort to overthrow the Afghan government. Why did an insurgency begin in Afghanistan? Answers to this question have important theoretical and policy implications. Conventional arguments, which focus on the role of grievance or greed, cannot explain the Afghan insurgency. Rather, a critical precondition was structural: the collapse of governance after the overthrow of the Taliban… 
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